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The Austrian CBRN Defence Command based in Korneuburg have enhanced their CBRN training capability as a result of an investment in PlumeSIM, Argon’s Live instrumented CBRN field and virtual Tabletop CBRN / HazMat training system.

Supported by a number of RDS200 radiological simulators and LCD3.3 Chemical Warfare simulators, this new capability will enable the Command to implement a wide variety of Tabletop and Live Field Chemical Warfare, HazMat and Radiological CBRN exercises without the need to use any form of chemical warfare agent of simulant, or radiological sources.

Colonel Michael Schuster of the Austrian CBRN Defence Command, where CBRN education and training is delivered, reported “Large scenarios, which caused an immense input of simulants or were impossible to display, are now planned and executed easily. The lesson learned process is well supported via the After Action Review function. That leads to a high extend of simulation effectiveness.”

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which further demonstrates the acceptance of Argon CBRN training solutions, especially PlumeSIM, as the system of choice for the world’s leading CBRN / HazMat training facilities. Argon simulation systems help overcome restrictions in the use of CWA simulants and live radiological sources enabling our customers to provide realistic, effective training without compromising their environmental credentials or impacting upon health and safety” commented Steven Pike, Managing Director of Argon, adding “Although regrettable, realistic, effective and engaging CBRN / Hazmat training is no longer an option but a necessity in today’s climate.”

The CBRNe World office, like most people, were stunned by the events of March 22nd 2017 where a terrorist mounted Westminster bridge mowing down civilians and two police officers before murdering PC Keith Palmer. It was more poignant for the team as our CBRNe World event was opposite the Houses of Parliament and various members of the team had been regularly walking across the bridge in the preceding months. As such we felt that we needed to try and raise some money for the victims and commissioned Nick Spender, our regular artist, to create a commemorative image for the event. In addition to this picture we included the February 2016 cover of CBRNe World - Putin’s tea party - and the commemorative print was auctioned on the first day and the Alice/Putin one on the second.

In a further twist the successful bidder of the Commemorative image from the Australian CBRN product and training provider J37 found that one of the first policemen to the scene was a member of the SO15 Forensic Team that was attending the event. In a fantastic show of altruism the purchaser decided to donate the picture to the team for them to use as a commemoration of OP. Classific.

The auction raised £400 which will be donated to the Metropolitan Police Federation to be disbursed among the victims of the attack.

CBRNe Convergence Europe took place over three days in Westminster, as Central Hall a majestic building opposite Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. The first day was a pre-conference workshop run by Public Health England, looking at the psychosocial impact on crowds of CBRN attacks. The second day was the first full day of the conference which saw 240 people, 34 exhibitors, four clinics, a demo from the Metropolitan Police and hundreds of questions. The second day followed the same format, but had a demo from the London Fire Brigade.

The trial of the CBRN clinics was deemed a great success. These saw 12 moderators and four rapporteurs grilled by the audience, as they struggled with the big questions that make up a CBRN incident.

A full write up will be in the June edition of the magazine.

There have been many efforts to address this common problem over the years, from wipes to sprays to homemade concoctions. But cost-effective solutions have eluded protective apparel manufacturers until now.

“The anti-fog innovation is a huge advance for hazmat responders and chemical workers, where seeing better means working safer,” said Laura Kappler-Roberts, president and CEO of Kappler, Inc. “The response has been tremendous, which is really gratifying considering how long the industry has been trying to solve this problem.”

The patent-pending visor technology is being combined with another key “see better, work safer” improvement: A large, expanded-view visor which significantly increases the suit wearer’s field of vision with 17% more visor surface area.

The AntiFog Expanded-View Visor is being incorporated as a standard feature on all Kappler gas-tight suits made with Zytron® and Frontline® fabrics, including NFPA-certified styles.

For more details contact Kappler at 1-800-600-4019 or customerservice@kappler.com.

Unretouched images show standard
visor on left after only a few minutes
in suit. Right image shows Kappler’s
AntiFog Expanded View Visor after
30 minutes of wear.

“The Second Sight is composed of different modules, providing it with unrivalled flexibility of use and versatility as well as compactness, deployability and operability” comments Romain Verollet, Manager in charge of the Defence & Security product range. “Another key advantage of our equipment is its ability to detect unexpected chemical threats in an asymmetric warfare scenario, no matter which is the type of gas used or the location of its dispersal” he adds.
The Second Sight MS is a remote gas-detection system employing an infrared sensor in real-time and designed to detect threats such as chemical warfare agents or toxic industrial gases. Second Sight MS permits the stand-off detection, identification and full visualization in real time of a gas cloud at ranges up to 5 km. The equipment has been certified by third party agencies as conforming to the requisite standards for military use in terms of its capacity to detect chemical warfare agents, water-and dust-proofing (IP standard), electromagnetic compliance (CEM) and resistance to vibration and shock (Mil-Std 810). Hence it is possible to gain the advantage of early warning of a chemical threat and to gather all the data needed to manage the attack: type of gas, location of source, extent and spread of contamination.

Russia’s Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons said on its website that it had destroyed nearly all of its CWA stockpile. “In total, 39,002.86 tonnes, 97.6% of the overall chemical weapon stockpiles, have been destroyed.” As reported, Russia has finalized disposal of chemical weapons at six out of seven chemical arms disposal facilities. The disposal works are currently ongoing at one facility in Udmurtia’s Kizner.

Russian presidential envoy to the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich, who is the head of the state commission for the disposal of chemical weapons, told President Vladimir Putin earlier that the disposal of chemical weapons in Russia was to be completed in 2017. The director of the Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Col. Gen. Valery Kapashin, told Interfax that the disposal works would be finalized no later than October 2017.

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) helped develop and recently completed initial testing of a field-deployable treatment system that destroys chemical warfare agents (CWAs) using locally available resources. The modular unit, designed to fit into a large shipping container for easy transport, includes two pollution abatement configurations – one wet and one dry process – that can be deployed depending on the available resources of the location.

Because current chemical destruction methods produce hazardous byproducts during the neutralization process, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a call for innovative systems that can neutralize chemicals or dangerous material without creating hazardous waste. The resulting modular mobile unit can be easily transported and deployed in a field setting close to where hazardous chemicals may be stored.

“It is in our national interest to have a field operable unit that can safely dispose of chemical warfare agents and other dangerous chemicals on the front lines in a timely manner,” said Darrel Johnston, a senior program manager in SwRI’s Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division. “We began development of the soil scrubber system in June 2016 and delivered a proof-of-concept system in February 2017.”

SwRI designed the dry pollution control process, ideal for arid or remote regions, for use with SwRI’s Dedicated EGR engine thermal destruction device developed for DARPA’s Agnostic Compact Demilitarization of Chemical (ACDC) Agents program. Once the chemicals are destroyed, exhaust gases pass through the SwRI soil-based fluidized bed where the combusted byproducts are captured. The used soil remains non-hazardous. The wet pollution control system, developed by a Canadian company for its stand-alone plasma torch treatment device, includes a liquid scrubber system. Using local soil eliminates the significant logistical burden of providing water to remote sites and transporting liquid waste to a treatment facility.

The performance of both the wet and the dry scrubber units were independently verified and validated in recent tests performed in Canada.  When the dry soil-based scrubber was interfaced with the Canadian company’s plasma torch front end, the system demonstrated a more than 99.9999 percent destruction of simulated CWAs and effective scrubbing of acid gases.

The systems are scheduled to be tested this summer with authentic CWAs, in both the liquid-scrubber and soil-scrubber configurations.

FORT EUSTIS, Va. – Media are invited to cover Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) members participating in joint training exercises Vibrant Response 17 (VR 17 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and Guardian Response 17 (GR 17) at Muscatatuk Urban Training Center, Indiana, April 24 to 30.

VR 17 is a mission validation command post exercise that tests the capabilities of the federal response to meet the expectations of the Nation. It provides realistic training to prepare chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response units to integrate with civilian partners and respond to natural or manmade catastrophic CBRN events.

GR 17 is a capstone field training exercise, involving more than 5,000 active duty and reserve service members to validate the mission readiness of the Defense CBRN Response Force. The two exercises will run simultaneously using the same scenario.

For more information, or to travel with the unit to the Indiana exercise, contact Dr. Michael Brown at the JTF-CS Public Affairs Office at (757) 501-7851 or email michael.a.brown81.civ@mail.mil or n-nc.jble.jtf-cs.mbx.pao@mail.mil.

Additional information about JTF-CS and the capabilities of the DCRF can be found online here: http://www.jtfcs.northcom.mil/JTFCS.aspx or Facebook.com/JTFCS.

Throughout FLIR PRIMED’s video series, Grant Coffey, retired Portland Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team Coordinator and CBRNE expert for nearly 40 years, delivers industry insights and real-life experiences designed to keep responders prepared, by staying current with the industry standards and best practices.  In addition, each episode will conclude with a free field checklist, or downloadable guide, to increase subject knowledge for a safer and more successful response.

The first three episodes of FLIR PRIMED, along with free downloadable checklist and guidebooks, are available NOW            
• Episode 1: PRIMED – A tool you can use right now to stay prepared
o Grant introduces you to PRIMED – a tool responders can use right now to stay prepared.
• Episode 2: STOP – What are the cues and clues
o When responding to a scene, STOP! Grant discusses the cues and clues responders should pay attention to.
• Episode 3: RAD – Turn it on and put it on
o Radiation is not well understood. Grant covers the important safety basics responders need to know.

The next seven episodes of FLIR PRIMED will air between April 24 – June 26 on the FLIR PRIMED page.  An additional 20 videos will be release into the second half of 2017, featuring guest appearances by other industry leaders.

Questions or topics viewers would like to see featured on FLIR PRIMED can be submitted to PRIMED@flir.com.

Battelle and Nanotherapeutics Form Alliance to Speed Up Process of Industry Bringing Medical Countermeasures to Market

Focus is on vaccines and therapeutics to counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats to U.S. Armed Forces

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 5, 2017)—Battelle and Nanotherapeutics, Inc. announced today that the organizations have entered an alliance to bring together core research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) and manufacturing capabilities needed to expedite the development of medical countermeasures urgently required by the Department of Defense (DoD) to protect deployed military forces from CBRN threats. 

Chemical and biological weapons continue to threaten warfighter and civilian populations in war zones such as Syria. With the rising threats of terrorism, they also are a potential homeland security threat. In order to better protect the warfighter, the DoD urgently needs new countermeasures, including vaccines, post-exposure prophylactics and treatments for acute exposure reactions.

Battelle has provided RDT&E facilities and expertise to support DoD medical countermeasure programs for decades, while in 2013 the DoD awarded Nanotherapeutics a contract to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in which to provide all the core services necessary to establish a Medical Countermeasure Advanced Development and Manufacturing (MCM ADM) capability.

“The alliance between the two companies will enable faster and more effective development of medical countermeasures to protect and treat military populations against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks and outbreaks of naturally occurring emerging and genetically engineered infectious diseases,” said Dr. Prasad Raje, President and CEO for Nanotherapeutics, Inc.

Historically, many commercial companies have shied away from participating in this space, primarily due to the challenges of developing these products along with the low anticipated return on investment (ROI). However, the recent expansion of the Food and Drug Administration Priority Review Voucher Program to include CBRN threat agents increases potential ROI, while the Nanotherapeutics/Battelle Strategic Alliance significantly reduces potential risks for companies desiring to develop medical countermeasures to CBRN threats.

“Battelle is in a unique position to provide a much-needed bridge between commercial companies interested in medical countermeasure development and the government agencies that need them,” said Julie Swick, Vice President and General Manager of Battelle’s Life Science Research business.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.  For more information about Battelle contact Katy Delaney at 614- 424-7208 or at delaneyk@battelle.org .

About Nanotherapeutics, Inc.

Nanotherapeutics is a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that operates a U.S.-based 183,000 square foot, state of the art, single-use, multi-purpose, multi-product, BSL-3 capable facility offering clients extensive capabilities, including a pilot facility for performing optimization of upstream, downstream and formulation functions, bulk cGMP manufacturing, and analytical development for proteins, antibodies, viral vaccines and gene therapy drug products. The Company provides expertise from preclinical through FDA licensure in a variety of production platforms, including microbial and mammalian cell culture. The Company also owns a second, Czech Republic-based, 165,000 square foot, 6,000-liter capacity BSL-3 facility for manufacturing vaccines using its proprietary Vero cell platform. For more information, visit the company website at www.nanotherapeutics.com or contact Gary Ascani at 386-418-8745 or at gascani@nanotherapeutics.com.

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced that it has signed a two-year contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, valued at $100 million for the delivery of BioThrax® (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). This contract satisfies BARDA’s notice of intent to sole source BioThrax that was issued on December 8, 2016 and is separate from and in addition to the company’s $911 million BioThrax procurement contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BioThrax pricing under this BARDA procurement contract is the same as BioThrax pricing under the CDC follow-on contract.

“Emergent is pleased to support BARDA in its efforts to enhance the nation’s preparedness against the threat of anthrax,” said Adam Havey, executive vice president and president biodefense division at Emergent BioSolutions. “Emergent is committed to developing and manufacturing preparedness solutions that address our customers’ needs to protect against a broad spectrum of public health threats.”

Simultaneously with the execution of this procurement contract, the company signed a modification to its September 30, 2016 contract with BARDA for the development and procurement of NuThrax™ (anthrax vaccine adsorbed with CPG 7909 adjuvant), the company’s next generation anthrax vaccine candidate. The modification increases the number of doses of NuThrax to be delivered under the base period from two million to three million doses with a commensurate reduction in dose price for the initial deliveries. The modification also reduces the purchase price for doses to be procured during the option period by $100 million thereby reducing the total contract value to be up to $1.5 billion, from the previously disclosed $1.6 billion.

Contract HHSO100201700007C for the procurement of BioThrax and contract HHSO100201600030C for the advanced development and delivery of NuThrax have both been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About Emergent BioSolutions
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a global life sciences company seeking to protect and enhance life by focusing on providing specialty products for civilian and military populations that address accidental, intentional, and naturally emerging public health threats. Through our work, we envision protecting and enhancing 50 million lives with our products by 2025. Additional information about the company may be found at emergentbiosolutions.com. Follow us @emergentbiosolu.

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There are a number of important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including appropriations for BioThrax procurement under the contract and our manufacturing capabilities and strategies. The foregoing sets forth many, but not all, of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from our expectations in any forward-looking statement. Investors should consider this cautionary statement, as well as the risk factors identified in our periodic reports filed with the SEC, when evaluating our forward-looking statements.

Are you interested in working on CBRNe World and some of our other great products? We are looking for a marketing communications professional, preferably with an interest in CBRN, for our team. More information can be found via the LinkedIn job site - www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/300654549/

The deal announced Thursday March 16 will be the second largest acquisition in 3M’s history and will greatly expand its worker safety product offerings, especially in breathing and gas detection devices.

If the deal is completed in the second half of the year as expected, the North Carolina-based Scott Safety will add 1,500 employees and $570 million in annual revenue to 3M’s coffers.

The news was welcomed by industry analysts who noted that 3M has worked hard to expand its worker safety products. In its largest deal to date, 3M bought Capital Safety for $2.5 billion 19 months ago to gain a huge presence in the fall protection and worker-harness arena.

Now, it’s greatly expanding its firefighter breathing products by buying Scott Safety.

Scott is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of self-contained breathing apparatus systems, gas and flame detection instruments and other safety devices. Its products are largely used by firefighters, military and rescue teams who need reliable protection from environmental, dust and smoke hazards.

Battelle’s Live-Agent Test Week
APRIL 17-21, 2017

Battelle’s Live-Agent Test Week is an opportunity for manufacturers and developers of personal protective equipment to submit their materials for live chemical agent permeation testing.

Testing will be conducted in accordance with military standards or NFPA standards based upon individual needs.

Permeation test data will help accelerate research and development to enable developers to meet critical government test and evaluation requirements or be prepared for certification, ensuring materials can provide chemical agent protection against mission specific scenarios.

Visit the Battelle website for full details.

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that it has received a delivery order for 50 U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits, and Outfits (CBRN DR-SKO) systems. The delivery order is under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Department of Defense, in support of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) DR-SKO Program of Record. The order is valued at $54.2 million, with deliveries extending through the second quarter of 2018. 

The CBRN DR-SKO system is a set of mission specific kits that characterize and provide full spectrum CBRN dismounted reconnaissance capability utilized by the U.S. Military Joint Services, including units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams. The program has been in development since 2008 with FLIR Systems, Inc. as the prime contractor.

“We are honored to continue providing our turnkey DR-SKO solution that addresses the current and emerging threats by equipping U.S. soldiers with the best-in-class technology for their mission,” said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. “This delivery solidifies our continued support to provide innovative, mission-critical solutions to keep our country safe and maintain our stance as a leader in the CBRN market.”

Since the CBRN DR-SKO IDIQ was awarded in December 2014, over 100 systems have been delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense, with production being performed out of FLIR’s facility in Elkridge, Md.

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About FLIR Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. For more information, go to FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.

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The statements in this release by Andy Teich and the other statements in this release about the contract and order described above are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates, and projections about FLIR’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including the following: the ability to manufacture and deliver the systems referenced in this release, changes in pricing of FLIR’s products, changing demand for FLIR’s products, product mix, the impact of competitive products and pricing, constraints on supplies of critical components, excess or shortage of production capacity, the ability of FLIR to manufacture and ship products in a timely manner, FLIR’s continuing compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations, and other risks discussed from time to time in FLIR’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and FLIR does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet service providers.

Are you working on research which would be of interest to emergency first responders? If so, we’d like to invite you to submit an abstract for our CBRNe World Convergence 2017 which is taking place in Indianapolis (November 6-8).

Our Convergence events have had paper and poster session for the past six years, which have provided insight from agencies such as: the Israeli Defence Force, DHS, Kings College London, TNO, ECBC, EPA, North Carolina State U, Brookhaven Labs, the Czech Institute of Microbiology and others.

This is the 10th year of CBRNe Convergence - the most important annual congress for the global CBRNE community.

The papers and posters featured at our events are read by policy makers and responders from over 40 countries. All those chosen to speak will receive free entry and accommodation for the duration of the conference and workshops. If you wish to submit a poster-only presentation, you will receive a 20% discount off government delegate rates.

Your abstract should be 250-500 words and needs to include:
• Background (purpose/objective/rationale of the research, relationship to other areas if any)
• Methods
• Preliminary results
• Preliminary conclusion
• Potential impact to mission/warfighter (if known)

All submissions will be assessed and if you are chosen as a speaker, you will be granted a 20 minute speaking slot and your paper will be accepted for publication within CBRNe World Magazine. If you only want to be considered for a poster submission, please mark this on your abstract.

Send all abstracts to: convergence@fuseevents.org or gwyn.winfield@cbrneworld.com

Registration for the event is also now open: www.cbrneworld.com/convergence2017

 

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.today announced that it has received a task order from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) valued at up to $30.5 million to develop monoclonal antibody therapeutics for viral hemorrhagic fever. This task order will utilize the company’s Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) facility located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Using monoclonal antibodies from Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., the company will conduct technology transfer of process materials and information, perform process and analytical method development, execute small-scale production runs, and perform cGMP cell banking leading to cGMP manufacture of bulk drug substance. The task order consists of a 36-month period of performance with a base task order valued at $7.4 million and options that, if executed, will bring the total task order value over three years to up to $30.5 million.

“Protecting and enhancing life is at the core of Emergent’s mission, and one of the ways by which we are able to fulfill this mission is in partnership with BARDA as it addresses emerging public health threats,” said Adam Havey, executive vice president and president, biodefense division of Emergent BioSolutions. “Emergent’s CIADM is a great example of a public-private partnership that works towards a shared goal. We look forward to successfully executing this task order in collaboration with all parties involved.” 

This is the fourth BARDA Task Order awarded to Emergent under the CIADM program. Since its inception in 2012, Emergent’s CIADM facility has been utilized to respond to public health emergencies including Ebola and Zika.

This Task Order Number HHSO10033004T under contract HHSO100201200004I is funded by BARDA, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in HHS.

About Emergent BioSolutions
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a global life sciences company seeking to protect and enhance life by focusing on providing specialty products for civilian and military populations that address accidental, intentional, and naturally emerging public health threats. Through our work, we envision protecting and enhancing 50 million lives with our products by 2025. Additional information about the company may be found at emergentbiosolutions.com. Follow us @emergentbiosolu.

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The cost of cleaning up the UK’s existing nuclear facilities has been estimated to be between £95 billion and £219 billion over the next 120 years or so. The harsh conditions within these facilities means that human access is highly restricted and much of the work will need to be completed by robots.

Present robotics technology is simply not capable of completing many of the tasks that will be required. Whilst robotic systems have proven to be of great benefit at Fukushima Daiichi NPP, their limitations, which include relatively straightforward tasks such as turning valves, navigating staircases and moving over rough terrain, have also been highlighted.

The new group comprising Manchester, the University of Birmingham, University of the West of England (UWE) and industrial partners Sellafield Ltd, EdF Energy, UKAEA and NuGen has been funded with £4.6m from The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
It will develop robots which have improved, power, sensing, communications and processing power. They will also develop systems which are able to address issues around grasping and manipulation, computer vision and perception. Importantly the robots will be autonomous – able to operate without direct supervision by humans.

The University of Manchester’s Professor Barry Lennox, who is leading this project, said: “This programme of work will enable us to fundamentally improve RAS capabilities, allowing technologies to be reliably deployed in to harsh environments, keeping humans away from the dangers of radiation.”

Within the next five years, the researchers will produce prototype robots which will then be trialled in both active and inactive environments. It is anticipated that these trials will include using robotic manipulators to autonomously sort and segregate waste materials and to use multiple robots, working collaboratively, to characterise facilities that may not have been accessed for 40 years or more.
The technology will not only have potential for improving robots used at nuclear sites, but also in other hostile environments such as space, sub-sea, and mining. Or in situations such as bomb-disposal and healthcare which are dangerous or difficult for humans.

During the events, COBRA supported different missions based on agency and user requirements, keeping millions of residents and visitors safe. Previously, COBRA has supported Emergency Operations Centers, field deployed Command Posts, and HAZMAT response teams during similar large-scale events. 
COBRA is a turn-key, commercial-off-the-shelf emergency management solution designed to work on any modern web browser, including mobile-friendly formats for Microsoft, iOS, and Android mobile devices. Dynamis’ COBRA software provide a proven, scalable incident management / common operating picture solution that exceeds customer requirements during both National Security Events and daily activities.
Two Nations, One Software.
January was a busy month for Dynamis. Not only was it used to keep the nation’s capital safe during the inaugural events, the nation of Belgium went live on January 1 with a COBRA-based solution for their national Incident & Crisis Information Management System (ICMS). 
Capable of supporting up to 4000 users from the local to the federal level, Belgian emergency services will use the COBRA-based ICMS across the entire crisis cycle, including planning, exercises, incident management, and evaluation.
Belgium now uses COBRA as its single national repository for all emergency management related information. The system is used by 1,200 jurisdictions, 2,500 organizations, 4,000 active users, and maintains 60,000 emergency management related contacts. In addition, Belgium grants system access to each jurisdiction for managing their emergency management plans, exercise plans, After Action Reports (AARs), planning scenarios, national GIS layers, national vulnerable/critical facility layers, hospital bed status information, and more. 
This project requires COBRA to display critical and vulnerable facilities on a map, allow agencies to upload and manage personal GIS map layers, share information between local communities and Federal users, support four different languages (French, Dutch, German, and English), integrate with military/federal map servers using WMS feeds, and include custom crisis response forms.
“Thanks to ICMS using the COBRA software, the Belgian authorities can collaborate for their missions in the field of safety and security, and have a common situational awareness which is critical during emergencies.” - Peter Mertens, Belgium Department of Interior, Crisis Center Communications

BNC Scientific (San Rafael, CA) is rolling out a new line of nuclear area monitors with a rich feature set previously only available in consumer electronics. The new RadWall area monitors detect and alarm on nuclear radiation in real time. While there are several manufactures of radiation detection and isotope identification nuclear area monitors, the RadWall S300 is the first commercial system to offer IoT connectivity. This allows installation teams and system management to leverage universal protocols and widely available networking equipment. Existing IoT networks can be augmented to include many RadWall units, in addition to handheld isotope identifiers (RIIDs), PRDs or other detector solutions.

“To complement our handhelds, PRDs and backpacks, we are introducing some fixed monitoring solutions that provide accurate, real time data to a reachback location”, comments Allan Gonzalez, Detection Systems Product Manager. “Typical area monitor networks don’t need elaborate spectroscopy, so the lower cost and simplicity of a go-no go system makes sense”.

The consumer nature of the RadWall provides easy set up and management, but the detector system embedded is built for demanding industrial applications. The system uses a Silicon Photomulitiplier rather than PMT, which provides advantages in size, vibration sensitivity and response times. The detector material (YSO) is highly sensitive, meaning a very small change in radiation levels can be identified in real time and reported locally or to a network monitoring system.  The backup battery ensures that in a power outage, the system will continue to monitor for nuclear radiation while alarming the management about the power outage. An optional siren is also available to provide instant audible alarming for applications like laundry monitoring or waste processing where a user may need to mitigate the alarm immediately.  Applications like small medical offices can establish a network for as low as $2000.00. Larger applications like a waste processing facility can leverage existing network infrastructure and scalable detector modules, with full monitoring systems under $25,000.00.

For more information, or a video on setting up your own system, see

‘…nothing in his life became him like the leaving it…’
Macbeth, Act I, Scene IV

So farewell Kim Jong-nam. Previously you were at best a footnote, at worst a joke – the half-brother that wasn’t able to sneak into Disneyland and got sent home in shame. Now your life will be remembered in thousands of PowerPoint presentations, a Tussauds type of fame, in the same room as Alexander Litvinenko. Traditionally the way to deal with brothers (and sisters) that posed a court threat was to have them strangled with a silk rope. Instead it looks like Kim Jong-un had you strangled from within, your body cramping as your respiratory muscles gave up the ghost.

I have to admit that VX was a surprise to the editorial office. A variety of chats had resulted in the smug conclusion, based on the extremely limited facts available, that it was likely to be a fentanyl derivative. We were looking for something that would cause a rapid inhalational onset of death, burns to the face and for which it would be very difficult to get an antidote. I and other armchair toxicologists felt jowl wigglingly secure in this diagnosis.

Some individuals suggested a kind of organophosphate (OP), one even went so far as to suggest VX! These people were clearly well meaning, but wrong-headed. The signs and symptoms of OP are such that diagnosis would be quite swift, a couple of doses of atropine would see Jong-nam back on his feet in no time. VX would also leave tell-tale clues, traces that would quickly be detected with conventional chemical detectors. The delay in announcing the identity of the agent clearly indicated that either something esoteric (tetrodoxtoxin?) had been used or something that might normally be present in a body of a Macau frequenting playboy (like a heroin derivative).

The Victorian toxicology armchair now has been relegated to the back of the garage. VX. An agent that can only be manufactured via significant state facilities, the possession of which would not only definitively signal possession but also send a clear, negative signal to the world. The two girls that spread the agent on his face might well be ‘Lizard Tails’ (agents that can be cast off without loss), but at the same time represent a further source of forensic information and intelligence. What a mess.

Admittedly it was a plan so crazy it just might work. The Malaysian health authorities first thought that the death was a ‘heart stroke’ and nearly released the body to the DPRK authorities for cremation. This was largely due to Jong-nam travelling under a false name, so it seemed unlikely that the liquid rubbed over the face of a nobody had anything to do with the severe shortage of breath he faced. Only when South Korea stated that it was the prodigal son who had gone to sing with the bleedin’ choir invisible did counter terrorism and CBRN wheels start to turn.
How much the two girls involved in the attack knew is an area of intense speculation. From the grainy CCTV it doesn’t look as if the girl that spread the liquid on his face from behind was wearing gloves, but she took care to wash her hands in the bathroom after. Police reports stated that one of the girls in custody was also vomiting heavily, though this was long after Jong-nam died. It’s a fact that KLIA2, the terminal where the attack took place, screens people before boarding, meaning that individuals who were airside had not been checked for liquids, etc.
It also seems that the Malaysian police are worryingly ignorant about VX, with it being described as a radioactive chemical (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/02/24/cops-to-scour-klia2-after-vx-nerve-agent-found-on-jong-nam/). Equally concerning is the matter of what decontamination has, or has not, been done on the area. Minute amounts of VX can be fatal, and when you consider that at least one of the girls will have touched the soap dispenser, that Jong-nam will have wiped his face and inevitably have left some on a seat, a bag, a desk… All that leaves a further contact hazard, and at the very least will have been cleaned with a rag held by someone else. I wonder how many of the cleaning staff at KLIA2 have been off work with raging headaches, runny noses and sensitivity to light? They also continued to use the airport after the attack!

What does this all mean?
1. DPRK is now confirmed to have VX, rather than merely being suspected of it.
2. DPRK will use ambassadorial channels to bring toxic substances into third countries.
3. DPRK informers/disidents are at significant risk.
4. Malaysian health authorities need increased training in CBRN.
5. Malaysian police authorities need more chemical detection equipment.

In reality, like the Litvinenko case, it doesn’t add up to a lot. States have always used assassination in other countries as a final means of asserting their authority (Gerald Bull and Supergun anyone?). They even use esoteric chemical, biological and radiological means to do so (fentanyl in the foiled Mishal assassination) and this is not likely to change soon. The states involved traditionally hit the culprit’s regime with sanctions and life goes on as normal.

For DPRK sanctions won’t even register, their pariah status provides few levers of power against them. For Malaysia and other countries, this has showcased the necessity of having a CBRN defence capability. If Jong-nam had been killed with an esoteric poison, then the 11 days needed to get full toxicology results is acceptable, for a known CWA you would hope that all clinical doubt would have been removed in about 24 hours. As is often the case, the inquiry will inevitably find that shortcomings need to be filled, that CBRN training needs to be improved… all too late to prevent Kim Jong-nam pushing up daisies. 

L3 Sonoma EO announced today that it has been named as a prime contractor on the CSD by JPEO CBD.  The award is for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the overall CSD program. L3 Sonoma EO, along with partner companies Spectral Sensor Solutions, LLC (S3) and L2 Defense, Inc., will perform on this two-year program consisting of laboratory and final prototypes.

Utilizing S3’s extensive knowledge and experience with Laser Interrogation of Surface Agents (LISA) technology in a fielded, supportable line replaceable unit format, L3 Sonoma EO will mature the previously developed Joint Contaminated Surface Detector (JCSD)-based system for the CSD. LISA technology successfully demonstrates high-speed, on-the-move detection and identification of chemicals on surfaces.

“The L3 Sonoma EO team is extremely pleased to support this important program, which will reduce risk to soldiers on the battlefield,” said Doug Manfredi, General Manager of L3 Sonoma EO. “The CSD will provide a near real-time, on-the-move capability to detect and identify chemical warfare agents (CWAs), non-traditional agents (NTAs) and toxic industrial chemicals (TICs).”

The system’s detection/identification function will be designed to continually interrogate the surface, provide data for processing and apply algorithms to the data to detect and identify, in real time, any contaminant that may be present. When fielded, the CSD will be a leap forward in on-the-move chemical detection capability for the U.S. Army.

L3 Sonoma EO delivers high-performance sensor systems in support of the warfighter, leveraging configurable sensor payloads with optical and stabilization architectures designed by recognized subject matter experts. With a commitment to lean business processes, L3 Sonoma EO ensures technical performance, on-time delivery and overall cost-effectiveness for its products. To learn more about L3 Sonoma EO, please visit the company’s website

The CBRN sampling equipment and a certified transport packaging container will be delivered to INTERPOL’s BioTerrorism Prevention Unit.

Defence and security company Saab has received an order for delivery of specially customised CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) sampling equipment and a certified transport packaging container to INTERPOL’s BioTerrorism Prevention Unit.

Under the agreement with INTERPOL’s BioTerrorism Prevention Unit, Saab will supply a total of six sampling units, to be used in the field to combat bio-terrorism. The delivery also includes a certified packaging container designed for safe transportation of CBRN samples and other hazardous materials from the field to the laboratory. Delivery will take place in March 2017.

“With this order, Saab further strengthens its position as a supplier of advanced CBRN solutions, while contributing to increased preparedness and keeping people and societies safe. Saab’s CBRN equipment provides first responders with all the tools they need to conduct efficient, proper and secure field collection, and safe transportation, of all types of toxic materials,” says Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab business area Support and Services.

Bio-terrorism refers to the malicious use of bacteria, viruses or biological toxins to threaten or cause harm to humans, animals or agriculture, and there is a number of terrorist groups demonstrating an interest in and intent to use biological materials as weapons.

Saab offers a complete CBRN solution for protecting people and securing operational capabilities. Early warnings to units and personnel are a key factor in limiting CBRN threats. With Saab’s integrated solutions, CBRN specialists and decision-makers will have effective tools for detecting and identifying a wide range of threats and will receive all the support needed for fast and accurate early warning. Saab will assist the customer’s organisation in evaluating and integrating CBRN capabilities. Saab’s CBRN solutions include systems for automatic warning and reporting (AWR), sampling equipment, certified transport packaging and a wide range of services and CBRN training and support solutions for individual protection.

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organisation, with 190 member countries. INTERPOL’s BioTerrorism Prevention Unit works with law enforcement, health, academia and industry to tackle bio-terrorism. Over the last few years, INTERPOL has increased its capacity to assist member countries in minimising and counteracting threats of a bio-terrorism and establish effective countermeasures as part of a global security strategy. INTERPOL’s BioTerrorism Prevention Unit will primarily utilise Saab’s CBRN products to train its various member countries.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) security includes the protective and preventive measures to combat situations which involve these hazardous agents. CBRN security is a growing market worldwide owing to the concerns for protection of civilian lives and maintenance of economic stability. Threats from terrorist organizations and geo-political issues are the primary drivers of the global CBRN security market. The leading countries in the CBRN security market include the U.S., Russia, the U.K. and China among others.

The countries such as India, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Israel and South Africa are expected to generate further demand for CBRN security in the recent future. With increasing initiatives of demilitarization such as reduction of CBRN weapons stockpile and growing investments in the CBRN resistance technologies, the CBRN security products are expected to be developed by the manufacturers with better effectiveness, detection capabilities, and rapid decontamination functions. Moreover, the industry encounters several major restraints such as the soaring expenditure in research, design and development of CBRN security equipment, which has high impact presently and restricts the growth of the market. However, the impacts of these factors are expected to reduce over the period of forecast.

In this report, the market has been segmented based on type, function and geography. It also includes drivers, restraints and opportunities (DROs). The study highlights current market trends and provides the forecast from 2014 to 2021. The report covers the current market scenario for CBRN security and highlights future trends that could affect the demand for the same. The global CBRN security market is anticipated to observe a sturdy growth from 2015-2021 at a substantial CAGR.

By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Based on the type, the market has been categorized into chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear security. Additionally, the market has been segmented on the basis of functions which include protection equipment, detection equipment, decontamination equipment and simulation equipment. The market size and forecast from 2015 to 2021 have been provided in the report.

Analysis of macro and micro economic factors driving and restraining the growth of the global CBRN security market has been covered under the scope of the study. The market attractiveness analysis provided in the report, highlights the major areas for future investments in this CBRN security industry. The report is intended to help security contractors, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers in understanding the current and upcoming opportunities in the global CBRN security market and formulating their business strategies accordingly. In addition, governments, military organizations and other buyer communities can also benefit from the report.

This study includes the profiles of key players in the global CBRN security market and the strategies adopted by them to sustain in the competition. Recent developments by the key players in the market are expected to help the emerging players to design their strategies in an effective manner. The study is expected to help key players in the market and governments across the world to formulate and develop new strategies related to CRBN security equipment. The key participants in this market are Argon Electronics (U.K.) Ltd., Bruker Corporation, FLIR Systems, Inc., Blücher GmbH, HDT Global, AirBoss Defense, Inc., General Dynamics Corporation, MSA Safety, Inc., Kärcher Futuretech GmbH and Thales Group among others.

About TMR

TMR is a global market intelligence company providing business information reports and services. The company’s exclusive blend of quantitative forecasting and trend analysis provides forward-looking insight for thousands of decision makers. TMR’s experienced team of analysts, researchers, and consultants use proprietary data sources and various tools and techniques to gather and analyze information.

Leidos, a global science and technology company, was awarded a contract by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to support DTRA’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) and Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program through a worldwide Scientific & Technical Engagement Partnership (STEP) program. The single-award, time and materials contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of approximately $170 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Northern Virginia and internationally in several combatant command areas of responsibility.

DTRA provides the Department of Defense’s core intellectual, technical, and operational support expertise for countering threats posed by weapons of mass destruction and high-yield explosives. The CTR Program promotes collaboration with international and non-governmental partners to advance regional engagement and multilateral cooperation in the biological warfare non-proliferation sector. The STEP Program will build long-term partnerships between strong research and technical centers and CBEP partner-country institutions to reduce biological threats through enhanced biological safety and security, awareness of biological risks, and knowledge related to biological pathogen research in foreign countries.

Under this new contract, Leidos will partner with industry, research institutions, non-governmental organisations, and local scientists to develop collaborative overseas research programs, and provide specialized training in laboratory research and containment facilities engineering, public health preparedness and emergency response, and disease outbreak field surveillance and response.

“Leidos is proud of the decades of support we have provided to DTRA’s critical mission and we are honored to have been selected to support DTRA’s key international partner engagement,” said Leidos Defense and Intelligence President, Tim Reardon. “The international assistance provided under this contract will strengthen US Government international outreach in countering threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, particularly biological weapons. This outreach, research, and training will help the US and our international partners prevent or mitigate CBRNE events throughout the world.”

About Leidos
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS).

For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. 

Arktis Radiation Detectors is set to accelerate growth plans and the market reach of its innovative radiation detection product line following major additional funding from new and existing investors.

Venture Capital firms b-to-v Partners AG and AM-Tec Kredit AG, managed by aventic partners AG, have joined existing investors in committing $10 million in new funding.

Arktis’ mission is to provide smart tools to avoid trafficking of illicit radiological and nuclear materials around the globe. The new investment will enable the company to step up production of its next generation radiation detection systems, which feature proprietary technology developed by the scientists and engineers at its headquarters in Zurich.

Arktis products leverage the use of natural helium as opposed to the scarce and expensive He-3 isotope or other, sometimes even toxic materials used in many legacy systems.

Demand for its systems is growing rapidly and the company has recently secured contracts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US, supporting its revolutionary SIGMA program, as well as with the UK-based Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). In addition, it has won a contract at the port of Antwerp for seven radiation portal monitors fully integrated into the port’s infrastructure and with the Swiss authorities for radiation detection.

Arktis works with governments and agencies across the globe, supplying systems that improve security at ports, airports and border crossings. Its products are also well received in the nuclear safeguards community, which includes working with the University of Florida, the Korean Institute for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC) and Korean universities to improve the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Rico Chandra, Chief Executive Officer of Arktis Radiation Detectors, said the new funding will accelerate the company’s continued growth and enable it to exploit the opportunities that are now emerging for its technology, particularly in the US and Europe. It will also allow the company to explore new market opportunities, expand its sales force and ramp up production for volume manufacturing.

He commented: “This new investment comes at a very exciting time for our company and will provide a massive boost to our expansion plans. Our systems are already making a major contribution to security across the globe and we continue to see a growth in demand. We will now be able to focus on bringing our portfolio of products to a whole new range of customers.”

Dr. Peter Balsiger, prospective board member for Arktis Radiation Detectors representing shareholder AM-Tec Kredit AG, said: “AM-Tec Kredit AG supports the most promising high-tech companies in Switzerland with expertise, entrepreneurial support, equity, networking and strategic know-how. We identified Arktis as one of the most promising technology companies and were particularly impressed by its market segment, trend, vision, product maturity, founders and team, as well as the sales ramp-up. We are happy to support its fast growth plan and to be part of what we believe will be a great success story.”

Dr. Helmut Schmidt, board member and lead investor for b-to-v, added: “We identified Arktis as having a leading technology with the potential to assist in addressing significant public and private safety needs. We are excited to be taking part in the company’s expansion because we regard both the present product offering and the vision to provide comprehensive networked systems as essential in the light of mounting homeland security issues around the world.”

About AM-Tec Kredit AG

AM-Tec Kredit AG is an Equity and Venture Capital firm located and managed by aventic partners AG in Zurich. Investors of AM-Tec Kredit AG are “Stiftung zur Förderung von KMU” owned by Berner Kantonalbank and Swissmem that unites the Swiss electrical and mechanical engineering industries and associated technology-oriented sectors. aventic partners AG is a Swiss private markets investment manager. Since 1999, it has specialized in the Swiss marketplace and managed a large number of investments. Focussing on high-potential growth plans, it realises potential in private markets by financing and developing great companies, creating superior value in its investments through active and long-term responsible ownership.

http://www.aventicpartners.ch

About b-to-v Partners AG

b-to-v Partners AG is a venture capital firm based in St. Gallen and Berlin. With some 200 members, it is also one of the leading networks of entrepreneurial private investors in Europe. b-to-v combines the industry expertise and experience of its members with the venture capital expertise of its own team. With this investment approach, b-to-v is committed to achieving sustained added-value for its portfolio companies as well as for its investing members. Investing together and the enjoyment inherent in the mutual financial, technical and personal support from entrepreneur to entrepreneur form the core of the b-to-v philosophy.

http://www.b-to-v.com

The full programme for CBRNe Convergence Europe is now online and available to download on our events page. Check it out for details of our world class speaking panel, the details of planned live demonstrations and who will be exhibiting at our trade show.

Book now for your place at CBRNe Convergence Europe, which takes place in Central London from 16-18 May. Don’t miss out!

Med-Eng announced today the launch of the Avenger Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) at the 2017 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show, Booth #12762. This bomb disposal and tactical robot has been engineered to provide police and military response teams with enhanced capabilities to manage ongoing and emerging threats posed by terrorists, particularly in urban environments where Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDS, or ‘car bombs’) are of concern.

The Avenger, designed and manufactured by ICP NewTech, is a mid-sized ROV with most of the operational capabilities typically found only in much larger and more expensive robots. Its performance-to-size ratio is outstanding and reflects the advanced electro-mechanical engineering that guided its development. The Avenger’s highly dextrous arm and claw can easily reach inside, above and below cars, pick-up trucks and delivery vans, to remotely investigate suspicious devices, such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

The system includes an on-board computer that fuses data from multiple CBRNE sensors and cameras, and relays it to a command post. This integrated sensor suite provides a mission-critical tool for managing CBRNE and Hazmat threats, such as a terrorist’s ‘dirty bomb’, and mitigating risks to the surrounding public. The numerous sensor ports are compatible with many specialized sensors that bomb squads already have, so they can make use of their existing equipment and attach new tools in the future.

In announcing this new urban response tool, The Safariland Group President Scott O’Brien remarked, “We are very excited to present the men and women on the front lines with a sophisticated robot that will allow them to remotely engage hazardous threats with great effect.” He continued, “The safety of first responders, elite military EOD teams and local citizens is of utmost importance to Safariland and this new system will prove to be an integral part of securing densely populated areas across the United States and the international community.”

Eamon Jackson, CEO of ICP NewTech, commented, “We listened very carefully to the needs of end users and recognized the operational challenges they’re facing now and in the foreseeable future. It became clear that response teams needed a robotic platform that could be easily transported through congested urban centers, which meant keeping the robot at a smaller scale. We then applied our engineering expertise to develop a system that could attack a range of VBIED-type threats, overcome obstacles, and give users the freedom to deploy and leverage many of their existing sensors and EOD tools.” He concluded, “The Avenger sets a new high mark that will benefit police and military agencies for years to come.”

Thermo Scientific Gemini analyzer can now integrate HazMasterG3 for informed decision-making when assessing dangerous chemical formulations

Military personnel, bomb technicians, hazmat teams and first responders can now perform virtual mixture analysis in the field with a software update to the Thermo Scientific Gemini handheld analyzer. The update is designed to enable informed and safe decision-making when analyzing chemical substances using the first handheld instrument to integrate FTIR and Raman spectroscopy.

The Gemini analyzer v1.6 software update integrates HazMasterG3, a support system manufactured by Alluviam LLC designed to deliver actionable insights by allowing users to virtually mix chemical substances, interpret the results rapidly, and protect themselves and the public from the effects of dangerous chemical combinations. The analyzer includes an extensive onboard library designed to allow users to identify unknown solids and liquids, including explosives, chemical warfare agents, industrial chemicals and precursors. Operators can determine the most likely formulations that could be made with the identified ingredients, as well as estimated quantity and potential reactions. HazMasterG3 can be unlocked and activated with a license key upon downloading the v1.6 software.

“This additional functionality allows chemical response personnel to be proactive in their efforts to quickly determine the next step when they detect and identify illicit material on scene,” said Denzil Vaughn, director of marketing, portable analytical instruments, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We designed the update with safety in mind. Gemini users can now have more information at their fingertips than before with the analyzer as they make rapid, important decisions.”

The rugged and portable Gemini analyzer incorporates FTIR and Raman spectroscopy into one device to facilitate comprehensive and confirmatory chemical identification. The analyzer leverages the strengths of both techniques to allow users to address a broader range of samples than either technique alone. Additionally, the Gemini analyzer includes Scan Assist, which guides the operator through technology selection and sampling, and 24/7 reachback support for spectral analysis and operational inquiries.

Since its debut, the Gemini analyzer has been recognized with several industry innovation honors, including a 2016 Edison Award gold medal; a 2015 R&D 100 award by R&D Magazine; a Bronze Innovation Award at Europoltech in the Supermodern 2015 Programme; a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing All-Star Innovators Award in the “Analytical and Monitoring Devices” category; and “Highly Commended” recognition as part of the ADS Security Innovation Awards 2015 at the Security and Policing Conference in the UK.

For more information on the Thermo Scientific Gemini analyzer and the Gemini 1.6 software update that integrates HazMasterG3, please visit www.thermofisher.com/gemini or visit www.thermofisher.com. 

About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and more than 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com.

 

CosmosID has now made its automated metagenomics analysis solution available as a built-in feature of the Thermo Fisher Cloud, empowering users to identify and characterize microbes. CosmosID’s technology is fully compatible with Ion Torrent NGS sequencers, and runs on unassembled reads, providing rapid identification of bacteria, including antibiotic resistance and virulence factors, viruses, fungi, and parasites. In order to deliver thorough analysis, CosmosID uses its proprietary, curated databases, which contain more than 65,000 genomes and gene sequences.

Unlike traditional taxonomic methods used to classify microbes, the CosmosID proprietary phylogenetic identification captures strain relationships from DNA analysis, and determines relative abundance for each microorganism. Such detailed identification is important for both analyzing infectious diseases and characterizing the microbiome. Additionally, the CosmosID system allows users to distinguish antibiotic resistance and virulence factors in microbes. With the integration of the CosmosID system into the Thermo Fisher Cloud, users can now access a comprehensive package of metagenomic analysis and microbial profiling, including visualizations such as sunburst charts and taxonomic trees.

“The addition of CosmosID to the Thermo Fisher Cloud is a significant step forward in the wake of complex, polymicrobial and co-infection in infectious disease research. Their ability to rapidly identify pathogens at the subspecies level along with genotyping of antibiotic resistance, will be critical to take personalized medicine to the next level” said Dr. Catriona Anderson, MB ChB, Bsc, MRCGP DSFRH, Focus Medical Clinic, Nuffield Hospital North Staffordshire, UK.

“The power of the CosmosID system launched into the Thermo Fisher Cloud is stunning because it brings rapid, accurate, and actionable information on antibiotic resistant pathogens, including those referred to as “super bugs” into sharp focus”, according to Dr. Rita Colwell, CosmosID Founder and Global Officer and currently Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Thermo Fisher will be hosting a webinar featuring CosmosID in early 2017, where the CosmosID application will be explored along with many relevant use cases, more details coming soon.

Arktis Radiation Detectors is set to accelerate growth plans and the market reach of its innovative radiation detection product line following major additional funding from new and existing investors.


Arktis’ mission is to provide smart tools to avoid trafficking of illicit radiological and nuclear materials around the globe. The new investment will enable the company to step up production of its next generation radiation detection systems, which feature proprietary technology developed by the scientists and engineers at its headquarters in Zurich. Arktis products leverage the use of natural helium as opposed to the scarce and expensive He-3 isotope or other, sometimes even toxic materials used in many legacy systems.

Demand for its systems is growing rapidly and the company has recently secured contracts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US, supporting its revolutionary SIGMA program, as well as with the UK-based Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). In addition, it has won a contract at the port of Antwerp for seven radiation portal monitors fully integrated into the port’s infrastructure and with the Swiss authorities for radiation detection.

Arktis works with governments and agencies across the globe, supplying systems that improve security at ports, airports and border crossings. Its products are also well received in the nuclear safeguards community, which includes working with the University of Florida, the Korean Institute for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control (KINAC) and Korean universities to improve the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Rico Chandra, Chief Executive Officer of Arktis Radiation Detectors, said the new funding will accelerate the company’s continued growth and enable it to exploit the opportunities that are now emerging for its technology, particularly in the US and Europe. It will also allow the company to explore new market opportunities, expand its sales force and ramp up production for volume manufacturing. He commented: “This new investment comes at a very exciting time for our company and will provide a massive boost to our expansion plans. Our systems are already making a major contribution to security across the globe and we continue to see a growth in demand. We will now be able to focus on bringing our portfolio of products to a whole new range of customers.”

Dr. Peter Balsiger, prospective board member for Arktis Radiation Detectors representing shareholder AM-Tec Kredit AG, said: “AM-Tec Kredit AG supports the most promising high-tech companies in Switzerland with expertise, entrepreneurial support, equity, networking and strategic know-how. We identified Arktis as one of the most promising technology companies and were particularly impressed by its market segment, trend, vision, product maturity, founders and team, as well as the sales ramp-up. We are happy to support its fast growth plan and to be part of what we believe will be a great success story.”

Dr. Helmut Schmidt, board member and lead investor for b-to-v, added: “We identified Arktis as having a leading technology with the potential to assist in addressing significant public and private safety needs. We are excited to be taking part in the company’s expansion because we regard both the present product offering and the vision to provide comprehensive networked systems as essential in the light of mounting homeland security issues around the world.”

LEIPZIG, Germany – December 21, 2016:  Bruker announced that it is in the process of delivering three hundred (300) RAID™ M-100 hand-held chemical detectors based on ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) to the German Civil Defense Authority Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK).  The BBK contract includes an option for further units, once the initial tranche has been delivered.

For deliveries until February 2017, the 300 RAID M-100 units upgrade and enhance the capability of existing German civilian CBRN reconnaissance vehicles.  The units will replace older Bruker RAID-1 units that were in use for more than a decade.

Along with other sensor data, the output of the new RAID-M 100 chemical detectors will be integrated with software developed by the BBK that provides on-site reporting of detection events and measurements.  The fast response of the new RAID M-100 detectors will permit operations supervisors to take decisions and to direct resources accordingly.

Mr. Martin Neujahr, Head of the Bruker Detection CBRN business unit, commented: “We are delighted to deliver this contract to such an important client, and it confirms our position as a key global supplier of chemical detection technologies for homeland security.  Our RAID M-100 systems will be operated from civil emergency response vehicles to assist in managing the challenges arising from potential accidental or deliberate releases of toxic chemicals, which might have an impact on the population of Germany.”

The Bruker Detection Division is a leading provider of mobile, ruggedized and user-friendly CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) detection systems and solutions.  Serving this demanding market for more than 30 years, Bruker Detection has built a reputation for delivering high quality, high performance and innovative solutions to its customers.  For more information: www.bruker.com/cbrne

Battelle’s David Winkel Receives Prestigious Award for Achievements in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Defense Research

NBC Industry Group annually bestows Dr. Billy Richardson Award to promising young researchers


ARLINGTON, Virginia (Dec. 16, 2016)—Leaders in the NBC industry gathered Thursday in the historic Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall to recognize one of the industry’s most promising young researchers—Battelle’s David Winkel—with the Dr. Billy Richardson Award.

An 11-year employee at Battelle, Winkel has tested joint service general purpose masks and various types of chemical detection equipment, participated in field tests with tracer gases to validate contaminant transport models, and conducted field tests with the explosives detection canines that, among other roles, secure the nation’s airports.

Winkel has led several key tasks for Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate in support of its Biological and Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (TRA) programs. These programs conduct comprehensive analyses of the risk of biological and chemical terrorism to the United States. Winkel’s contributions include advancements to their respective public health response and medical mitigation models, which estimate the number of individuals who can be saved by the actions of the public health response system. 

“Dave has been highly motivated and dedicated to embracing the challenges associated with bringing various disciplines together, all the while developing and encouraging younger staff to do these same things,” said Matt Shaw, general manager of Battelle’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Defense group. “We’re proud of Dave and the resulting creation of a unique and valuable product to the TRAs and to NBC defense.”

Winkel holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. More information on the award can be found here

For 25 years, Richardson was instrumental in the development of modern chemical and biological defense programs.  He served as the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Matters and as the Technical Director of the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The NBC Industry Group, of which Richardson was a founding member, was established to support national and international chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense activities. The group recognizes the importance of being ready in the event our country faces the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction as well as other hazards.

 

A practical demonstration from London’s Metropolitan Police on scene characterisation and evidence recovery at a CBRN incident, will be one of the key draws at CBRNe Convergence Europe in London in May 2017.

The two-stage demonstration will be a joint effort between the SO15 Forensic Management Team who are trained in a number of specialist skills, including CBRN, and who are responsible for all crime scene management and exhibit recovery and handling for London, and the SO15 EOD unit which is made up of EOD and CBRN specialist responders.

Alongside the forensics element, the three-day event will offer delegates a superb line-up of experts, with speakers confirmed so far from the Paris Fire Brigade, LA Port Police, Public Health England, University of Bath and the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs (MoP), Iraq.

CBRNe Convergence Europe will also offer a unique opportunity to explore the four key stages of CBRN defence with world-renowned experts from a wide variety of disciplines and organisations through four interactive workshops.

The workshops will be chaired by expert moderators drawn from across the CBRNe community. Delegates will have the chance to examine, explore and discuss the various issues at each stage of a planned event.

There are also several specialist pre-conference workshops, including the public reaction to mass decontamination, and the lessons learned on policing gene editing through CRISPR Cas9.

The 40-strong exhibition from our CBRN industry partners will offer the opportunity to explore all of the latest technology and equipment, with companies including Biofire Defense, BBI Detection, Cristanini, Pony Industries, have signed up as sponsors so far, while Survitec, Airboss Defense, Air Techniques International, Argon Electronics, Bertin Technologies, Passport Systems, Proengin, First Line Technology, Decon7, Tracerco, Lakeland, Blucher GmbH and Inficon already booked.

If you work in the CBRNe or Hazmat field, this is the conference for you, expected to attract over 300 first responders and experts from the military, fire service, police and civil defence organisations.

To book your place, visit: www.cbrneworld.com/events

A capital opportunity to explore the four key stages of CBRN defence with world-renowned experts from a wide variety of disciplines and organisations, is on offer as part of CBRNe Convergence Europe in London in May 2017.

CBRNe Convergence Europe is taking place in Central London, from May 16-18 and seats are limited! Book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of our Early Bird rate.

The conference will include four interactive workshops, each of which will be chaired by three expert moderators drawn from across the CBRNe community. Delegates will have the chance to examine, explore and discuss the various issues at each stage of a planned event.

1.The first workshop will examine the intelligence, research and medical countermeasures/stockpiling stage. For example, looking at identifying the obvious triggers that a group might be looking to create a CBRN device.
2.The second workshop would look at the immediate pre-incident phase, such as how to set up pre-incident cordons, monitors and screening?
3.The third workshop will move the delegate discussion forward to look at the post-release stage including how to manage a complex incident with an inevitable shortage of information.
4.The final workshop will be based around the investigation and recovery phase including the identification of victims

Each afternoon will see the delegates move through each topic in small groups to allow lively and thought-provoking discussions. In addition, the three-day event will also feature pre-conference workshops, including public reaction to mass decontamination, and the emerging issues surrounding gene editing through CRISPR.

There will be keynote speakers presenting on the latest trends and issues, networking opportunities, and the chance to view and review the latest in CBRNe technology and equipment at the 40-strong industry-focussed exhibition which runs alongside the conference.

If you work in the CBRNe or Hazmat field, this is the conference for you, expected to attract over 300 first responders and experts from the military, fire service, police and civil defence organisations.

To book your place, visit: www.cbrneworld.com/events

Arktis Radiation Detectors Ltd has announced that it has been awarded funding to carry out further work as part of a new contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) within DARPA’s SIGMA Program. The award comes after Arktis achieved DARPA’s ambitious performance goals. The company has announced that this contract will enable it to continue its steep trajectory and maintain development of its advanced range of detectors.

Arktis has already started to deploy the M1000 detectors which it has been developing for the SIGMA program. The Port of Antwerp’s new container terminal – Europe’s biggest in terms of capacity – is currently being equipped with a multitude of Arktis’ Radiation Portal Monitors that already include cutting edge Sigma-enabled technology.

Rico Chandra, CEO of Arktis Radiation Detectors commented, “In the US, the UK and other countries, we expect to see large procurements for systems similar to the ones we are now fielding in Antwerp. I am proud that with DARPA’s support we have been able to get this significant new technology into the field in record time.”

The new M1000 detectors developed by Arktis, are highly sensitive, extremely cost effective and feature the company’s own proprietary technology that leverages the use of natural helium as opposed to the scarce and expensive He-3 isotope used in many legacy systems. The funding provided by DARPA under this new contract will accelerate the company’s plan to develop new applications for the core detector modules and make them available to a more extensive range of customers. A key feature of the new detectors is their flexible, modular, design allowing them to be easily integrated into new and refurbished Radiation Portal Monitors and used for various types of mobile detection and identification platforms. The new detectors can also be easily sized for various unattended monitoring scenarios.

The additional funding comes on the back of more good news for Arktis. The company recently announced that it had opened a US subsidiary, Arktis Detection Systems, Inc., in Arlington, VA.

Federal Resources is pleased to announce the 4th annual ExperienceFR Exhibition, scheduled for December 8, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. ExperienceFR features exhibits, demonstrations, training, and a special guest speaker for military, emergency responders, and law enforcement. This free event is an opportunity for government customers to learn about the latest critical mission solutions, services, and contract vehicles available from Federal Resources, and see up-close product demonstrations in CBRN, EOD, C4ISR, SKO, Tactical, and Life Sciences.

The headline of the event is guest speaker, Kevin Lacz. With a rare combination of passion and humor, Lacz shares his journey from borderline college dropout to commended U.S. Navy SEAL. Lacz served in Iraq as the spotter for the late real-life American Sniper Chris Kyle, played himself in the Academy Award winning movie American Sniper, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Punisher. A book signing will follow Lacz’ presentation.

Made possible through the sponsorship of RAE Systems, ExperienceFR will include displays of products and solutions from more than 30 suppliers, as well as media partner, Domestic Preparedness, and non-profit organization, The Salvation Army. Donations made to The Salvation Army during the event, will be matched dollar for dollar by Federal Resources up to $10,000.

Exhibitors include 908 Devices, AAR, Airstar, Avon Protection, Big Top, Blauer, Chemring, Cobalt Light Systems, DetectaChem, First Line Technologies, FLIR Systems, Germane Systems, Harris Night Vision, Holmatro, Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Maxsa Innovations, Med-Eng, MissionTEQ, MKS Instruments, Protonex, RAE Systems, Scott Safety, SERE, SKB, Smart Ray Vision, Smiths Detection, Smith Optics, Sonus, Survitech, Tampa Microwave, Thales,  Thermo PAI, Thermo RMSI, Torrey Pines Logic, TRX, ViaSat, Wel-Fab, and more.

ExperienceFR
Thursday, December 8th
9:00AM – 4:00PM
KEY BRIDGE MARRIOTT
Potomac Ballroom
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22209

The event is free, but attendees must register in advance at http://www.federalresources.com/register/experience.php

About Federal Resources
Founded in 1986, Federal Resources provides mission critical solutions to United States Military, Department of Defense, Federal Government, and State and Local responder markets. The company integrates expertise in innovative technologies, best practices in business procurement, comprehensive technical services and training into a total life-cycle solution to support and sustain the warfighter and first responder.

About RAE Systems
RAE Systems, by Honeywell, is a leading global provider of rapidly deployable connected, intelligent gas and radiation detection systems that enable real-time safety and security threat detection.

 

The psychological impact of a CBRN incident and public reaction to mass decontamination, will be among the key topics to be explored as part of the packed three-day programme for CBRNe Convergence Europe, taking place in London early next year.

If you work in the CBRNe or Hazmat field, this is the conference for you, expected to attract over 300 first responders and experts from the military, fire service, police and civil defence organisations.
The event is taking place in Central London, from May 17-18 and seats are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

The event consists of pre-conference workshops and two days of lectures and interactive sessions, featuring keynote speakers and moderators from around the world presenting on the latest trends, issues and approaches to CBRNe. The experience and expertise of these people offers a unique chance to applying their learning to the advantage of your team.

Here is what previous attendees have said about CBRNe Convergence:

“I come to the CBRNe Conference so that I can network with other agencies throughout the world and find out what they are facing and the latest trends within their agencies. As the purchasing representative for my hazmat material department I come down here to meet the vendors and find out the latest and greatest hazmat equipment out there today. Coming to the conference is a great thing and I encourage anyone that’s involved in hazmat, law enforcement or fire to attend these conferences.Ken Hawkes, Los Angeles Port Police

“The event for us as CBRN First responders, is a very important event worldwide. It is one of the most important events we have – the Convergence and the symposium -  it’s where we can meet industrial partners and other firefighters, police, military, all of us who are involved in CBRN issues.
Christoph Libeau, Paris Fire Brigade

A series of interactive workshops will give everyone the chance to explore and discuss methods, training and lessons learned from each stage of an incident, with each session chaired by a world leading CBRNe authority.

Networking opportunities will be held throughout the event, along with the chance to view and review some of the latest in CBRNe technology and equipment through the 40-strong industry-focused exhibition which runs alongside the conference.

Companies including Biofire Defense, BBI Detection, Cristanini, Pony Industries, have signed up as sponsors so far, while Airboss Defense, Air Techniques International, Argon Electronics, Bertin Technologies, Passport Systems, Proengin, First Line Technology, Decon7, Tracerco, Lakeland, Blucher GmbH and Inficon have booked stands already.

To book your place, visit: www.cbrneworld.com/events

Endeavor Robotics (FKA iRobot Defense & Security), the leader in ground robotics for defense, first responders, and the nuclear industry, has completed relocation to a much larger facility at 19 Alpha Road, Suite 101, Chelmsford, MA. The newly configured, state-of-the-art 35,000 sq. ft. facility has been outfitted for advanced robot design, development, manufacture, and for sustained company growth.

“We are focused on the next chapter of Endeavor Robotics development,” said Sean Bielat, CEO. “Our new headquarters, located 10 minutes from our previous office, has allowed us to retain 100% of our employees who collectively have hundreds of years’ experience developing robots for tactical applications. In addition, the new lab space and advanced engineering capabilities will enable a seamless transition of equipment with zero downtime, while dramatically enhancing our capabilities. We have looked forward to our new facility since our April launch and we look forward to many years of innovation and success at our new location.”

Endeavor’s entire business and engineering operations totaling more than one hundred employees operate at the new location. The office features newly constructed labs for all facets of design, test, and engineering development, including manufacturing and software testing, environmental testing, a fully-equipped machine shop for rapid prototyping, and spacious, custom-built indoor and outdoor demonstration and training facilities. The space also provides the flexibility to sustain expected growth while evaluating new business opportunities.

“Our goal remains to deliver life-saving, advanced robot technology to our domestic and international defense, public safety and industrial customers. The new facility allows Endeavor to upgrade our internal resources in nearly every manner,” said Tom Frost, President. 

Endeavor Robotics continues to advance the capabilities of ground robots in support of customer missions.  Building on more than 25 years of history as iRobot’s Defense & Security Division and now as Endeavor Robotics, the move to the new facility completes the transition begun in April.  Endeavor’s family of robots provide numerous autonomous functions, leading CBRNE mapping, EOD, and Combat Engineer capabilities. Endeavor’s continued partnership with end-users and investment in robot technology integrations have positioned it well to win numerous major ground robotics programs.

About Endeavor Robotics
Endeavor Robotics brings an established leadership team with decades of experience integrating ground robotic systems, the best roboticists who collaborate with end-users to develop robots for worldwide markets, and veteran field service engineers who keep you in the fight. For more than 25 years, with deployments worldwide, operations in areas of conflict and in response to natural disasters, Endeavor Robotics has specialized in delivering battle-hardened and adaptable robotics. We are committed to working with industry leaders and government partners to deliver innovative, reliable, and the easiest to operate robot solutions. Our family of robots includes 5 lb FirstLook, less than 20 lb SUGV, man-portable PackBot, and heavy-duty Kobra. To date, we have delivered more than 6,000 robots worldwide. Please visit www.endeavorrobotics.com to learn more.

SpectroDrone is the world’s first sensor system capable of detecting explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other chemical compounds from a safe, standoff distance.

Following extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone – the world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor.

Utilizing LDS’ laser-based explosive detection system, SpectroDrone detects explosives and other hazardous materials, in gas, liquid, powder or bulk form, at a distance of several meters from the threat. SpectroDrone can perform such missions over an operational radius of up to 3 Km. In addition to the detection of dangerous materials, SpectroDrone can remotely analyze different materials in real time, fulfilling essential role in mining and other industrial operations.

LDS is unveiling the SpectroDrone this week at Israel’s HLS & Cyber Expo in Tel Aviv (15/16 November 2016). At the exhibition, SpectroDrone is displayed integrated on the Airobotics Optimus drone – a high capacity multi-mission multi-rotor drone.  In this new configuration SpectroDrone automatically detects and analyzes explosives materials and IEDs, hazardous compounds, and narcotics from a distance, in addition to its surveillance role, thus enhancing situational understanding and real-time response to emergency situations. The SpectroDrone payload can also be mounted on ground robots and in fixed operation such as LDS’ SPHERE vehicle inspection systems.

“We are very excited to unveil this innovative solution for security and anti-terror applications at Israel’s HLS & Cyber, “said Eli Venezia, LDS founder, and President, “We are also encouraged by the great promise our technology offers for commercial applications.”

“When running security, emergency or surveillance missions in an industrial environment, the ability to dynamically and swiftly replace payloads, as well as introduce new innovative ones, is a real step forward,” says Ran Krauss, CEO, and Co-Founder of Airbotics. “The next generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airbotics bring jointly to market.”

About LDS Laser-Based Explosive Detection Technology:

SpectroDrone implements LDS’ patented, laser-based detection technology. The payload comprises multiple electro-optical assemblies comprising a laser source emitting several wavelengths, laser range finder and high-resolution camera - all integrated with state of the art spectrometers which that operates LDS’s software package and proprietary algorithms.
This algorithm enables to achieve the sensitivity required for remote operation, increasing the probability of accurate detection while reducing false negative and false positive detection rates, bringing detection performance level to that of laboratory equipment.
 

 

The Ten Year Anniversary scrapbook of Governor Cinomis is now available for you to print as a ‘Commemorative Edition.’ Put it on your wall, fold it into a little hat and write ‘Make Dogtown Great Again’ or simply use it as a baton to beat away the forces of official orthodoxy. So many uses in one file.

The Organisation for Global Biorisk Reduction (OGBR) is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) focused on the prevention, preparedness and response to risks to humans, animals or plants associated with biological materials, whether caused naturally, accidently or deliberately.

A lot of good work is being conducted across the world at this time to try and achieve the above goals, but none of it is coordinated or accredited. When a major outbreak of disease occurs, many different agencies will rush to respond, but it is not coordinated. For many years, those involved with reducing risks associated with pathogens and toxins, have called for the establishment of an equivalent to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). So far, this has not been achieved.

The OGBR has been established with the intention of filling this void. As an NGO, it will have greater flexibility to develop as a support and coordinating body for those countries engaged with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and other international obligations such as UN Security Council Resolution 1540. It is our aim that, eventually, the OGBR would become part of the BTWC Implementation Support Unit, but there is a lot of work to do before then. The life sciences present a very different challenge from those posed by chemicals. We are not advocating country inspection regimes. Our aim is to:

• Coordinate and accredit all the good work currently being conducted globally in relation to biosafety, biosecurity, disease surveillance and response. This will increase the quality of work to an accredited standard (such as the excellent courses now offered by the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA), and eliminate an unorganised ‘scatter gun’ delivery of learning. This will also avoid duplication and any confusion caused by different standards of learning delivery.
• Provide an information hub for all members of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention, where they can gain information and support relating to the principles of prevention, preparedness and response to any incident where biological materials are involved.
• Assist in the coordination of a response to a major outbreak of an infectious disease whether in humans, animal or plants. It is evident that this was a major issue during the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa, during 2013 – 2015. Authorities in affected areas were overwhelmed with the arrival of NGO’s, media and cargo. There is no reason why this response cannot be pre-planned, before any outbreak, whether natural, accidental or deliberate, occurs.

For further information, go to: www.ogbr.io or contact us on info@ogbr.io

We have had lots of compliments for the various artwork that we have commissioned in 2016, are starting to look out to 2017 and want to know what you think! This year we had:
February - Polonium - Nick Spender
April - Anthrax - Shawn Coss
June - Sarin - Guo-Shau Chung
August - Radiological agents - Cathrine Langwagen
October - Toxins - Emily Puckett
December - TATP - Abigail Harding

We are interested in who you enjoyed the most, and which artists you might like to see again?

We are also looking at new artists and have a range of potentials including Jim Mahfood Jung Shan Ink Jon Goff Megan Hutchinson Dave Crosland Justin Orr and Buzz. We are not going to do six illustrated covers next year as it makes my head hurt to think up new ideas, instead we’ll be back to two or three BUT we really want to hear which artists you like and what topics/ideas/agents you want us to cover. Please either comment below or email editorial@cbrneworld.com

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) today announces that its advanced dual-view X-ray cargo scanner, the HI-SCAN 180180-2is pro, has become its latest system to be accepted into the “qualified” section of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL).

Based on a Dual-View concept, the HI-SCAN 180180-2is pro delivers better security with faster, more accurate and reliable image evaluation. The 180180-2is pro’s large tunnel dimensions allow goods on the largest TSA-approved pallet size to be screened and its high penetration capabilities allow for screening of large-scale consolidated and palletized goods. Its optimized footprint, which is 25% smaller than earlier versions, frees up floor space.

Dan Gelston, President, SDI, said, “Dual-View technology has long been a part of our screening systems, and we continue to work with TSA to ensure our products help address evolving threats. Smiths Detection’s close customer relationships and ability to understand their needs are essential elements to maintaining the class-leading status of our products, further confirmed by this latest inclusion on the ACSTL.” 

One of the biggest changes to the ACSTL in 2015 was the requirement that new X-ray inspection equipment must offer Dual-View capability. SDI remains at the forefront of security solutions and, by working hand in hand with its air cargo customers, meets this new requirement.

SDI currently has a large selection of Dual-View X-ray screening equipment on the qualified section of the ACSTL. Customers may select from one of several SDI Dual-View systems for their cargo screening applications to meet the TSA air cargo screening requirements.

For more details on the ACSTL click here

For technical specifications and other air cargo solutions, please click here

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Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for military, transportation, homeland security and emergency response markets. Our experience and history across more than 40 years at the frontline, enables us to provide unrivalled levels of expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, as well as weapons, contraband and narcotics.

Our goal is simple – to provide security, peace of mind and freedom of movement upon which the world depends. For more information visit www.smithsdetection.com

SEC Technologies had the pleasure of working with TNO, an independent CBRN research organization from Netherlands. Researchers from TNO visited the R&D facility to observe the active stand-off detector Falcon 4G in action. During these experiments Falcon 4G has showed a long detection range of 4,6 km under realistic conditions and a low false-positive rate (0/100).

Check out the report here

From detection through to forensics and EOD, we have had a highly successful first day at CBRNe Convergence 2016 with a packed full-day programme. The 300-strong delegation who have flown in from across the world, heard presentations from a variety of military, defence, emergency and private organisations.

Presentations included:
• The CBRN Response Enterprise and the Future, presented by Stephen Cichocki, Program Manager, CBRN, NORAD/NORTHCOM
• Scott White, Joint Programme Manager, CBRN Defence - staying ahead of the CBRN threat.
• Brigadier General William E King, 20th CBRNe Command
• Professor Gary Ackerman, University of Maryland.
• Los Angeles FBI, LAPD, the LA County Sheriff’s office and the Port Police LA, examining their work across the city.
• California’s CBRN and Counter Terrorist Defence, with FBI San Diego and the DEA Southwest Laboratory.
• Will Hargett, Executive Vice President from Platinum Sponsor Bruker presented on making the world safer with key threat detection technologies
• Detective Matt Sieber, LAPD, presented on BWA Field Detection – a prudent and necessary approach.
• Gold Sponsor Laura Cochrane from Emergent BioSolutions, presented on CWA counter measures
• Bronze sponsor Flir gave a talk on new classes of portable technology to enable better prevention of terrorism.
• French CBRN forensics in the aftermath of the Bataclan attacks was the subject of presenter Adrian Sivignon, Crime Scene Investigator from the French Judicial Police
• David DiGregorio and Sgt Bill Qualls presented a case study on: MA Pyrophoric Explosion and MCI: Hazmat and EOD Joint Response
• Steven Pike, MD of bronze sponsor Argon Electronics, talked about CBRN and Hazmat training excellence.

The day also included plenty of networking time to exchange ideas and debate the latest issues, as well as to visit the 60+stands throughout our exhibition area to view all of the latest technology and equipment in the world of CBRNe.

Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Bruker Detection, Gold Sponsor Emergent BioSolutions, Silver Sponsors Battelle, BioFire Defense, Federal Resources, FLIR Detection, Passport Systems, Veteran Corps of America, and Bronze Sponsors ARGON, AVON Protection, BBI Detection.

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the Griffin G465 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) for mobile platforms, the latest addition to the Griffin G400-Series GC/MS family. The G465, featuring a new heated sampling line, is the industry’s most flexible GC/MS device with unmatched sampling options for vapor, liquid, and solid samples and best-in-class chemical identification.

FLIR’s new heated sampling line enables the Griffin G465 to operate in survey mode and perform vapor threat identification within seconds. Like traditional, lab-based GC/MS systems, the Griffin G465 is equipped with an integrated standard liquid injector that accepts multiple interchangeable sampling tools for vapor, liquid, and solid samples. The system also features an integrated universal sampling port that provides continuous air monitoring capability and a quick connect fitting for downrange plug-and-play samplers.

The Griffin G465 employs industry-leading chemical matching techniques that produce high-confidence results and eliminate the need to interpret data in the field. Intuitive user controls, on-screen guidance, and simple data presentation help field operators accelerate decision-making. The system is protected by a rugged, internal shock isolation system that is tested to rigorous MIL-STD-810G standards and can be operated in a moving vehicle. 

“The Griffin G465 eliminates the guess work in chemical analysis by using automated chemical matching and color-coded, go/no-go alarms” said Dennis Barket, Jr., Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Detection. “With the addition of the survey mode feature, field operators can make quick and better-informed decisions in complex field environments, ensuring the safety of both the operators and the public. The flexibility offered by the G465 ensures it is always mission-ready.”

FLIR is showcasing the Griffin G465 at the CBRNE Convergence Show November 1-2, 2016 in San Diego, Calif., booth #26. The FLIR Griffin G465 is now available worldwide for purchase through FLIR or established distribution networks.  To learn more about the Griffin G465, visit: http://www.flir.com/G465.


About FLIR Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection. For more information, visit FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.

 

Passport Systems Inc. has produced the first of its kind handheld, networked radiation detector.  The SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System will advance security at large scale venues in the United States, as well as around the world, and will better protect populations and property from CBRNe threats.

The SmartShield system provides seamless integration of individual detectors into a coordinated network, while its advanced algorithms use the information provided by the network to perform improved radiation detection, localization, identification, and continuous mapping of the background area.

Domestically, the SmartShield technology has been used to beef up security at the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament in Houston, at the Boston Marathon, and other crowd gathering events, such as NASCAR races in New Hampshire.  Internationally, it is being marketed for use at celebrations, soccer matches, concerts, as well as airports, and ports.

“The CBRNe Convergence show is a rare opportunity to talk with domestic local, state and federal security officials, law enforcement authorities from around the world and global private sector security interests about how Passport Systems’ innovative radiation detection technology can improve security,” said William McLendon, Passport’s COO, who is showcasing the technology at Booth 47 in the exhibition hall during CBRNe Convergence 2016 in San Diego from October 31 to November 2.

“Our technology is the best available at detecting and responding to threats caused by Dirty Bombs and other nuclear and radiative devices,” said Mr. McLendon, who is available to do media interviews at CBRNe Convergence 2016.  “This technology is the counter balance to the growing sophistication of terrorist groups seeking to do harm. The challenge now is to get this technology into the hands of law enforcement, companies, countries who need it.” 

SmartShield is comprised of small gamma-radiation detectors that collect radiation data and transmit the information wirelessly through smartphones, forming a network that allows security forces to simultaneously respond to any threats. While on routine patrols, security and law enforcement officers collect background radiation data. When gamma radiation is detected, an alert and GPS coordinates are sent throughout the network, to a central command station, and to responding law enforcement personnel.

Passport Systems Inc., which is based in N. Billerica, MA, is also producing a game-changing cargo scanner that will effectively and efficiently help protect property and populations from nuclear terrorists and CBRNe threats.

Passport’s technology has received significant media coverage in Massachusetts:

This is a link to a Boston Globe story: http://bit.ly/1me2qtN

This is a link to a Boston WCVB-ABC report:  http://bit.ly/1V38ZOT

“We believe our technology is the best available at a time when the global threat from terrorists is growing,” said Mr. McLendon. “Technology is an important counter balance to the growing sophistication of terrorist groups seeking to do harm. Our challenge is to get this technology deployed to the authorities tasked with protecting the public.”


(To schedule print or broadcast interviews with Mr. McLendon in San Diego during CBRNe Convergence 2016 please contact Michael K. Frisby at 202-625-4328 or mike@frisbyassociates.com.)

About Passport Systems
Passport Systems was founded to develop and commercialize new technologies to address the threats facing the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Founded by a team of MIT technologists and entrepreneurs, Passport Systems has proudly developed two cutting-edge product lines: The SmartScan 3D™ Automated Cargo Inspection System, based on nuclear resonance fluorescence technology, and the SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System, using advanced data fusion algorithms.  For further details on Passport Systems and its products and services, please visit www.passportsystems.com, and follow us on Twitter at @PassportSys and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PassportSys/.

Japan Post Service Co., Ltd. (Japan Post) awarded Astrophysics, Inc. a contract for delivery of seventy-one (71) X-ray units starting in January 2017. Japan Post is a post, logistics and courier service based in Tokyo, and will be replacing older X-ray units with new Astrophysics systems.

The X-ray units will be installed at post offices in sixty (60) Japanese cities and will scan parcels and mail traveling throughout the country.

Regarding the award, Astrophysics, Inc. CEO Francois Zayek stated: “We are proud to be given the opportunity to protect the facilities of Japan Post Service Co., Ltd. and are confident that the security systems they have purchased will fulfill perfectly their specific mission in securing their postal and logistics services.”

Astrophysics, Inc. is a Southern California-based world leader in X-ray security scanners that help make hidden threats visible. Operators in 138 countries use the advanced scanning and color imaging features to detect contraband hidden within objects ranging from suitcases to cargo containers. Astrophysics machines are assembled in the U.S. and designed to secure diverse locations that include transportation facilities, critical infrastructure, and ports and borders.

ISOVAC Products, a world leader in design and manufacturing of casualty isolation units is proud to announce the introduction of our latest isolation system.

The ORCA is a portable Patient Isolation Unit (PIU) designed to prevent chemical warfare agents (CWA’s) and biological/radiological particulate from cross contamination between an enclosed patient and the external environment during evacuation and transport activities. It has been optimized to medevac patients from ships or other Maritime platforms during hoisting operations employing a Stokes litter.

Additional Information Contact:

ISOVAC Products
1306 Enterprise Dr. Suite A
Romeoville, IL 60446
Ph: 630-679-1740
E-Mail: Sales@isovacproducts.com

Web: www.isovacproducts.com
Patent Pending

The CBRNe World team have landed in San Diego and are very excited about meeting up with all of our delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors here at CBRNe Convergence 2016, starting on Monday night.
The stands will soon be going up and excitement is building here at the Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, as our 60+ exhibitors prepare for the 9th Annual CBRNe World Congress and Exhibition.

Hundreds of delegates and our key speakers are arriving from across the world in preparation for our two-day convergence event.

If you can’t be with us here in San Diego be sure to follow us on Twitter as we will be tweeting live every day of the Convergence.
#CBRNeConvergence2016

Note: Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Bruker Detection, Gold Sponsor Emergent BioSolutions, Silver Sponsors Battelle, BioFire Defense, Federal Resources, FLIR Detection, Passport Systems, Veteran Corps of America, and Bronze Sponsors ARGON, AVON Protection, BBI Detection.

The latest perfluoroelastomer offering from DuPont Performance Materials, Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275, offers a higher level of sealing performance in the most aggressive chemical processing and manufacturing environments.

“Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 is an innovative product tailored specifically for the most demanding and aggressive environments in the chemical processing industry.  Our latest grade of Kalrez® offers many benefits including an increased MTBR (mean time between repair) which contributes to reduced maintenance costs and longer equipment life for our customers,” said Shane Campbell, global business leader, DuPont™ Kalrez®. “DuPont is always looking for opportunities to innovate in ways that help our end-users and customers, and we’re pleased to be able to offer a sealing material which helps to improve process safety and MTBR.” 

Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 is an innovative perfluoroelastomer product that provides long life sealing in an array of aggressive chemical environments that are known to be difficult for sealing, including ethylene oxide, acrylic monomers, silanes and chlorosilanes, and strong oxidizers such as nitric acid, chlorine and chlorine dioxide. It has shown improved chemical and compression set resistance and mechanical property retention versus other competitive elastomers. It is based on a proprietary cross-linking system and is uniquely identifiable from its light brown color.  Targeted applications for Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 include industries which depend on mechanical seals, pumps, valves, compressors, filtration columns and analytical equipment as part of their critical processes.

Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 joins a portfolio of high-performance materials that DuPont offers to the chemical processing industry and is supported by a world-class technical support team with broad expertise in sealing solutions.  Kalrez® Spectrum™ 7275 is available in a broad range of standard O-ring sizes and custom parts for a wide range of sealing applications.

DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) is a leading innovator of thermoplastics, elastomers, renewably sourced polymers, high-performance parts and shapes, as well as resins that act as adhesives, sealants, and modifiers. DPM supports a globally linked network of regional application development experts who work with customers throughout the value chain to develop innovative solutions in automotive, packaging, construction, consumer goods, electrical/electronics and other industries.  For additional information about DuPont Performance Materials, visit plastics.dupont.com

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

With only one week to go until CBRNe Convergence 2016 in San Diego, and the Presidential election results due shortly afterwards, we asked one of our key speakers what CBRN issues the new President will be facing.

To make sure you are fully in the picture, book your place now.

Professor Gary Ackerman, Director of the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division, START, University of Maryland will be speaking on the first day of Convergence on Assessing the Evolving CBRN Threat.

He said: “The new President will face a different landscape with respect to CBRN threats to all previous Presidents. There are three major areas of change in the global environment which will have a major impact – geopolitical, technological and commercial.

“Geopolitically, we are facing a further decentralisation of the terror threat. Jihadists are still showing an interest in CBRN that is not waning, but the origin and nature of potential attacks might change as ISIS is weakened and the countries that form the focus of global salafi-jihad are changing. At the same time, global non-proliferation efforts might be taking a step back as international rivalries sharpen. For example, our changing relationship with Russia is starting to affect collaboration on nuclear security – we are beginning to step back on that from where we were just a few years ago.

“Commercially, the centre of gravity of industries making and utilizing chemical, biological and nuclear materials are moving eastwards into countries like China, India and several states in Southeast Asia, so away from the USA and Western Europe. This means the security of materials and the regulations surrounding them might now not be as tightly controlled as they would be in Europe or the US. It’s becoming easier for terrorists to get their hands on dangerous substances including bio agents and chemical precursors. For example, people can order chemicals and even synthesized products from China over the internet with few controls. There will be new avenues for proliferation.

Gary said: “The evolution of hi-tech CBRN is also moving East. This could empower terrorists to get hold of CBRN weapons. The good thing is the technology provides opportunities – while it helps them with the offense, it also provides us with defensive opportunities. So the new President will need to look not only at counter-acting the offensive technologies but also understanding and nurturing the right defensive technologies.”

Professor Ackerman will be speaking on the first morning of CBRNe Convergence 2016, which takes place at the Town and Country Resort, San Diego, 1-2 November.

15 countries will be attending, including organisations such as Department of Homeland Security, Edgewood Chemical and Biological Centre, Defence Research and Development Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, USAMRIID, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, CBIRF, Los Angeles Police Department, Pakistan Air Force, Polish Armed Forces, Netherlands Police, Boston Police Department, Montreal Police Service, State House of the Republic of Uganda, Boise Fire Department, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Christchurch Hospital and many, many more.

Visit: www.cbrneworld.com to download the full programme and to book your place.

The European Commission has today launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “I hope as many people as possible will use the chance to have their say on Horizon 2020, its first three years and its future direction. We are already analysing available data, facts and figures. But in order to have a full overview, it is very important to get direct feedback from researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, citizens and all types of organisations that have participated in the programme.”

Working from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of nearly €77 billion, Horizon 2020 is one of the largest research and innovation schemes worldwide. In its first two years, the programme attracted over 76 thousand eligible proposals. Over 9000 grant agreements were signed by 1 September 2016 for calls with deadlines in 2014 and 2015, allocating almost €16 billion to boosting excellent science, creating industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. Almost a half of successful applicants are newcomers to the programme.

The public stakeholder consultation on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 will be open until 15 January 2017. A parallel consultation on the Euratom Research and Training Programme has also been launched with the same closing date. Furthermore, a stakeholder consultation on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is running until 20 November 2016, and a consultation on public-public and public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020 will also be launched in the near future. The interim evaluation will also draw on existing surveys and consultations, including on simplification and on a European Innovation Council.

An antiviral coating technology developed by the University of Manchester, alongside Virustatic, has numerous product applications.  The first product being developed for Sterling Materials is an antiviral facemask, which will provide the only protection to an influenza pandemic and will be vital in saving millions of lives.

The Manchester research team, led by Professor Sabine Flitsch, identified a coating to mimic the surface of the cells in the human oesophagus and nasal passages. The method can capture over 99% of all flu viruses, including new strains of pandemic flu that come into contact with it. Virustatic and the University are leading the prototype testing for the impregnated fabric for Sterling Materials.

Paul Hope, Virustatic’s Technical Director and Inventor, is confident that the combination of research excellence and business acumen will move the technology into mainstream use.
“Great ideas have a habit of becoming bad – or even non-existent – products. The ability to commercialise research is very difficult and the expense often outweighs benefits. Put simply, many commercial products using research breakthroughs are just too expensive to sell.

“Virustatic will really motor through this barrier as we have perfected a method of using inexpensive substrates to carry our technology so Sterling Materials will get access to extremely essential , life-saving technology which has minimal impact on production costs.”

Rigaku Analytical Devices, a leading pioneer of handheld and portable Raman spectroscopic analyzers, has announced a major enhancement of its Progeny™ ResQ™ handheld chemical identification tool.The new feature, dubbed 4C Technology, significantly increases the usefulness of a handheld analyzer used at incidents by indicating the overall threat level posed by the presence of multiple individual chemicals. Although these chemicals may not be a threat individually, their combined presence could indicate the preparation of hazardous or illicit compounds. Progeny ResQ 4C saves critical time by reducing the first responder’s reliance on off-site expert advice.

By integrating Rigaku’s new 4C Technology, Progeny ResQ is the first handheld Raman analyzer to automatically monitor individual chemical results against its own on-board advanced search algorithms. A visual, on-screen warning will alert the user when a combination of a potential illicit or hazardous threat is determined.

When using Progeny ResQ’s new 4C mode, users can specify the warning window (measured in hours or number of scans) to detect and identify precursors, then indicate their potential threat combination. “With the use of 4C Technology, first responders can now assess an entire scene faster with the power to foresee a potential greater threat,” said Bree Allen, president of Rigaku Analytical Devices. “This will expedite a more appropriate response.” With Progeny ResQ’s new 4C threat alert and its on-board camera, the ability to monitor, respond and document an incident utilizing a single handheld chemical identification device is now possible.

Rigaku’s 4C functionality now comes standard on new Progeny ResQ units, plus it can be downloaded for free and easily uploaded to the unit by existing users.

With a unique 1064nm excitation laser, Progeny ResQ can overcome issues of sample-induced fluorescence interference that affects Raman systems using shorter excitation wavelengths such as 785 nm. Progeny ResQ includes an onboard comprehensive library with more than 12,000 common toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, chemical warfare agents and explosives and is also capable of identifying illicit drugs and narcotics. Library updates, software upgrades and 24/7 reachback support are provided for the life of the unit and at no additional charge.

To find out more about Progeny ResQ, please visit www.rigakuanalytical.com or to book a demonstration, please email info@rigakuanalytical.com.

We present findings from our programme of research into the effect of different responder management strategies on public experiences and behaviour during mass decontamination. Methods we used included evaluation of mass decontamination drills and exercises, an online visualisation experiment, and a mass decontamination field experiment. We found that a communication strategy which included health-focused explanations about the need for decontamination, regular updates about actions responders were taking, and sufficient practical information, resulted in increased speed and efficiency of decontamination, increased public compliance, and reduced public confusion.

Applied Psychological Sciences in Public Health England
04 October 2016 by Chelsea Robertson, Behavioural Science Team, Public Health England

Researchers from the Applied Psychological Sciences team, part of Public Health England, have developed a number of training courses based on their expert research and policy output in the area of emergency preparedness and response.  Training focuses on the psychosocial aspects of emergencies and disasters and includes effective risk and crisis communication, Psychological First Aid and effective management of mass casualty decontamination.

The team can be contacted for initial consultations or to provide subject matter expertise.  Their evaluation and research capabilities can also be contracted out for specific projects. 

If you would like more information please contact APS@phe.gov.uk

 

 

Brigadier General Hajar Ismail, director of coordination and relations for the Kurdistan regional government and Ministry of Peshmerga, talks to Gwyn Winfield about what chemical weapon attacks to expect in Northern Iraq

GW: What kind of chemicals are being used against the Kurds? Most media reports have stated that there have only been chlorine and mustard, but some have claimed usage of VX and other organophosphates (http://www.cbrneportal.com/interview-with-mr-lahur-jangi-talabani/).

HI: The first attacks against peshmerga positions were at the start of 2015, with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIE). Many pershmerga were injured at that time, and we realised that ISIS was using chlorine. They then started attacking positions again in April 2015, using chemical gas, near Sinjar, and many more peshmerga were injured; this time they used a mortar. Step by step ISIS has moved from chlorine to mustard. In the beginning the distance of their mortar was limited but they have moved to 120mm mortars and that meant that they could make long distance attacks, later they used Katyusha multiple rocket launchers. Most of the time they have used chlorine and mustard against us. We have limited resources regarding detection, for example our military does not have a lab [so we cannot be sure that they have not used anything else]. When they first used mustard we requested that the OPCW and the Iraqi government come and take samples from around the peshmerga to confirm that they used mustard, but they did not use sarin. We don’t think they have used sarin, but we lack the detection resources to say that they definitely haven’t.

GW: Do you think they would use it if they had it? Or do you think that it would be a step too far, and would bring too much international intervention?

HI: ISIS will use everything if they have it. They are not human, and are against humanity. They will use everything against peshmerga forces, and they will use it in Iraq. They will use everything to increase their authority to control larger areas and civilians.

GW: As with the Kurds, one of the problems for Daesh is their lack of protective equipment. Do you think this is a reason why they are not using more potent agents, because if the wind changes it would also have a toxic impact on their own forces?

HI: Yes.

GW: In terms of a military chemical weapons strategy, at least from western media reports, it seems that they only fire three to four shells and don’t follow through the attack as we would expect from Nato doctrine. Is that accurate?

HI: ISIS has attacked peshmerga forces with chemical weapons, and step by step they increase the threat by using mustard gas and mortars designed specially for that purpose. We believe they want to test the usefulness of this type of attack on peshmerga forces and that they will use more chemical attacks when we go into Mosul.

GW: In terms of your experience, do you see them try and deny you ground with persistent mustard, or is this just testbed? Are they developing tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) for using it, or are they just doing so because they want to? Can they release sufficient agent to move people out of prepared positions or is it just nuisance attacks?

HI: Sometimes the threat to peshmerga forces is great as the wind conditions are against us, but sometimes it is not so great when the wind is in our favour – which is good for us! In Mosul Dam and Sinjar, which have a road connection with Raqah, they have used chemical attacks against us many times. They tried to gain control of the junction after the chemical attack, but we stayed and fought on, so they could not control it.

GW: Impressive! Holding ground under chemical attack without PPE is very difficult. How are you finding the training and awareness of chemical weapons among the peshmerga, in terms of what they can and can’t do?

HI: ISIS increases its chemical capability day by day. In the beginning the peshmerga had zero chemical protection, neither masks nor uniforms. Then the coalition started providing masks to the peshmerga, from Germany and the US and also Hamish [de Bretton-Gordon] from Avon. They also trained some of us in how to protect ourselves from chemical attacks. In Kurdistan we have the Kurdistan Training Coordination Centre (KTCC), where seven countries are training the peshmerga and sometimes there are lectures on chemical defence. They are trying to provide training on how better to prepare for attacks, but it is not enough. We have a lot of forces, 150,000 troops, spread out over eight sectors and the training provided by the coalition forces is limited to small units. We need more training and equipment in order to protect our troops as we believe Daesh will use more chemicals, especially when the Mosul operation starts soon.

GW: Do you think that part of the reason Daesh wants to use CW, which have been ineffective, is to ensure they are constantly in the Western media’s eye? If the media didn’t write about the attacks all the time then maybe they wouldn’t happen? Is it an active belief in the weapons or only a desire for coverage?

HI: In the beginning CW were not used effectively against us, but day by day their capability has increased. In one attack on Taza, south of Kirkuk, more than 600 individuals were injured with three dead, one woman and two kids. Using chemicals as gas has a positive effect on their psychology and a negative one on ours, it affects our morale. Thank God we have very high morale, and many injured peshmerga are fighting again after a few days in hospital, because their morale is high. We definitely need more protection, masks and suits, and also more chemical detection equipment, such as a lab. In the past we did not have a chemical unit for detection of attacks, but now we have a chemical protection company, and this unit needs a lot of resources, training, equipment and a lab. We have asked the coalition forces for them, especially Germany and the US, as well as the Iraqis. The Iraqis, however, do not provide enough for the peshmerga. They should provide everything for the peshmerga, budget, equipment, ammunition and training, as we are part of their defence system but they have not given a single dollar. When we started fighting Daesh the Iraqis sent some equipment and ammunition, but it was not enough, just sufficient for a battalion; they also sent some chemical masks, about 5,000, but not enough. Then there’s the gendarmerie that fight Daesh alongside the peshmerga. Although they are not from our army, these people are in the front line fighting Daesh. When these police are added to our forces we total about 200,000. Germany provided some training with two courses in that country for 15-20 personnel, and we have plans for 20 more to go next month to follow a train the trainer concept.

GW: In terms of training what do you require? There is a lot of low level required for fighters to protect themselves, but then for some operations you’ll want to run there is specialist training too. Which has priority?

HI: We are requesting two types of training. The first is anti-chemical training for the company, this needs to encompass everything: chemical protection; laboratory skills etc. We also need general information for all troops, so they can protect themselves in future if anything happens.

GW: You mentioned Mosul a number of times. Do you think this will see a change in Daesh’s chemical warfare tactics?

HI: My personal opinion is that there is a very big threat close to Mosul from a unit near Al Mishraq. Al Mishraq was a huge company where they had chlorine and other gases. In 2003 during Operation Freedom against Saddam, he blew up the Al Mishraq company (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3955005.stm) and it affected the whole region. Civilians breathed it in, old men, old women, and there was a persistent plume over the area. I believe Daesh will use Al Mishraq to create a similar plume and attack the peshmerga and Iraqi security forces. I also believe they will use more chemical mortars and Katyusha against our security forces.

GW: Do you find that some commanders are more likely to use CW than others? Is there intelligence on the existence of a unified command that chooses when to fire them, or does it devolve to the individual commanders’ choice?

HI: Unfortunately we don’t have good information on this. We believe Daesh will use anything they can against peshmerga and Iraqi security forces. So it may be that they will keep their chemical capability until they can use it in the Mosul operation. Mosul has a big university and we believe it can draw on good experience from former Syrian and Iraqi armies as well as foreigners. Mosul university has increased its chemical capability, it could also have some chemical equipment from Syria and old stuff from Iraq.

GW: Once Mosul has fallen do you think that the chemical attacks will stop? How important do you think it is to use the university, that once it is denied to them they will have to stop? Or now that they have experimented and done testing and evaluation they will find another way to make them? 

HI: My view is that they are preparing for our Mosul operation. We have intelligence that they are doing everything, making tunnels, defence lines, preparing to defend Mosul not just inside but outside too. I think that if we take Mosul they will try and hide some chemical gases in the country to the west of the city which is a large, open area, I believe they will hide stuff to use in the future after Mosul

GW: In terms of your CBRN defence capability you have mentioned that you need training, detection and PPE. Anything else? What would make the biggest difference?

HI: Peshmerga forces are part of the Iraqi defence system and we are protecting a huge area. Kurdistan has a population of 5.5 million, in addition we have received 1.8 million refugees. The Kurdistan region changed during Saddam, and now it is known as the disputed area and we are protecting this disputed area as well, like Sinjar and Tawuq. After the Iraqi army fell in 2014 we sent our forces to protect that area, so now we are protecting 10 million people, and we don’t have enough equipment. We should have received everything from the Iraqis, but they have given us neither the equipment, like tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs), nor the budget – we need everything. It is not just for two or three days, or even a few months, we have been fighting Daesh for three years. Fighting needs a lot of resources, water, ammunition, budget, so while we appreciate the coalition forces - they help us with air support, training and advice, weapons, ammunition, APCs etc - but what they have provided is not enough, we need more. Most of the peshmerga use civilian vehicles and they are an easy target for Daesh, and many are killed because of a lack of APCs.Daesh uses bombs, mines, IEDs, VBIEDs and chemicals. In the last few months there has not been an attack against peshmerga frontline, although there have been skirmishes, but we controlled the situation and defeated them. Their strategy now is to use VBIEDs, IEDs, mines, snipers and chemicals and we believe another change is that they are attacking cities or villages. We have 500 peshmerga injured by chemical gas, but they are not all severe injuries, although some are and need to be treated outside the country.

NBC-Sys, a subsidiary of leading European land defense company Nexter, is at the Euronaval trade show, presenting the naval applications of its acknowledged expertise in protecting against CBRN (chemical, bacteriological, radiological and nuclear) threats.

At a time when the threat of nuclear, bacteriological and chemical attacks is widespread, NBC-Sys is designing and producing various air filtration systems, particularly for latest-generation ships around the world and the French navy’s FREMM frigates. This year, on the Nexter stand, NBC-Sys is exhibiting a marine filtration system with capacity of 2400m3/h, representative of those used on FREMM frigates, and a 300 m3/h NBC filter that forms part of those systems and is designed to be used against chemical warfare agents and particles using the “Citadelle” concept. The system overpressurises the vessel’s living quarters by pumping in purified air. The quantity of air is sufficient to counteract the dynamic pressure of the air on the walls and to maintain a good level of physiological comfort for long periods.
An innovative water purification system (E-Chlorinator), which allows chlorine to be produced using ordinary table salt and provides protection against bacterial contamination in almost 6,000 litres of drinking water per hour, is also on display.

On 06.10.2016, SEC Technologies has hosted a public demonstration of stand-off detector FALCON 4G-S. The measurement path was located in realistic conditions of an urban area.
FALCON 4G-S has proven its detection capabilities at distance of 4 621 meters during 3 releases of SF6 even in though weather conditions. Find out more here

October is busy at our side. Visit us at one of following exhibitions this month:

Future Forces Forum in Prague
Emirates Security Exhibition and Conference in Dubai
CBRNe Convergence Congress & Exhibition in San Diego

For more information visit our website

FLIR Announces identiFINDER R100 Personal Radiation Detector with Integrated Bluetooth Smart Technology
Rugged Device Incorporates Wireless Connectivity for Monitoring and Tracking Threats in Real Time
                                                                                             
WILSONVILLE, OR – October 13, 2016 – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the identiFINDER® R100 personal radiation detector, the latest addition to its industry-leading identiFINDER R-Series handheld radiation security solutions. The belt-worn R100 integrates networking capabilities to safeguard first responders, law enforcement, and military and security personnel by delivering immediate radiation threat alarms and providing automatically-generated radiation dose rate reports to offer increased situational awareness to central command personnel.

The identiFINDER R100 is the industry’s first IP67-certified and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) drop-test compliant personal radiation detector. The device meets the 1.5M drop criteria required by ANSI N42.32, one of the key performance standards for alarming PRDs in Homeland Security. The IP67 rating assures the R100 is protected against dust and immersion in water up to 1M depth. The unit features integrated Bluetooth® Smart wireless technology which facilitates recording and sending real-time dose rates and geotag information via a companion mobile app. 

The R100 joins the industry-leading identiFINDER product family in offering a complete range of radiation security solutions, from threat detection to threat identification. All identiFINDER models, including the identiFINDER R100, share the same field-proven, intuitive user interface, which enables coordinated emergency response between law enforcement, firefighters, and HAZMAT teams using any identiFINDER product. 

“As the only ANSI drop-test -compliant and IP67-certified personal radiation detector, the R100 is the industry’s most rugged personal radiation detector for first responders,” said Dennis Barket, Jr., Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Detection. “When deployed across teams, the R100 provides a primary detection net that protects the frontline against radiological threats, while the integrated networking features eliminate communication blind spots for central command.” 

FLIR will showcase the identiFINDER R100 for the first time at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Show on October 16 – 18 in San Diego, CA, booth #5251. The identiFINDER R100 will begin shipping globally in January 2017 with pricing starting at $1,195. To learn more about the identiFINDER R100, visit: http://www.flir.com/r100.

About FLIR Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection. For more information, visit FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.

 

A researcher at The University of Manchester has made a surprise finding after observing variations of a chemical bond with a radioactive metal called thorium – and this newly revealed relationship could one day contribute to improving nuclear fuel management. 

Elizabeth Wildman, a PhD student in the research group led by Professor Steve Liddle, has reported compounds where unusual forms of phosphorus - known as the Devil’s element - are stabilised by thorium, a radioactive chemical element named after the Norse god of thunder which can be used as a nuclear fuel in the nuclear power industry.

“This has been an exciting experience and I am delighted my work has been recognised in this way,” said Elizabeth Wildman. “It seems the Norse god of thunder has tamed the Devil’s element.”

This latest study from Professor Liddle’s research group looked at how ‘soft’ elements such as phosphorus can interact with thorium in unusual bonding environments.

The research looked at species with single and double thorium-phosphorus bonds, and even managed to trap moieties as fundamental as PH and a naked P atom between two thorium ions.

“Nuclear power could provide energy security for the UK and produce far less carbon dioxide than fossil fuels, but the waste it produces is potentially very dangerous if not handled properly” said Professor Steve Liddle, Co-Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at The University of Manchester. “In order to find ways of reducing the volume of nuclear waste and recycle unspent fuel, research has focussed on developing our understanding of how radioactive actinide elements interact with elements from around the periodic table that they could come into contact with in the fuel cycle.”

“We have a long way to go before we have a fully developed framework of understanding of the bonding of these elements, but the surprising findings of this study contribute to building that understanding.”

The work was carried out as part of a collaborative research project between the universities of Manchester and Regensburg, and was funded and supported by the Royal Society, European Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

The research has been published in the leading multi-disciplinary journal Nature Communications in an article entitled ‘Thorium Phosphorus Triamidoamine Complexes Containing Th-P Single and Multiple Bond Interactions’.

For all the latest news, technology, information and features from around the globe, pick up your copy of CBRNe World Magazine today. You won’t want to miss our key feature this month exploring the New Jersey Corrections CBRN Unit. 

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The latest programme for CBRNe Convergence – taking place in San Diego (31 October – 2 November) is also featured in the August issue, including the confirmed speaker line up and full conference programme.

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The United States Navy has awarded an exclusive license agreement to a Virginia-based small business, First Line Technology, to permit the manufacture and distribution of lifesaving technology for warfighters and first responders nationwide. This revolutionary decontaminant, Dahlgren Decon, will neutralize a variety of substances, from toxic industrial materials and chemicals to chemical warfare and biological agents in a matter of minutes with no toxic byproducts or corrosion to the equipment being decontaminated.

First Line Technology not only intends to distribute Dahlgren Decon to warfighters but further develop the product for first responder use, such as cleaning deadly carcinogens from fire fighter turnout gear, and civilian use as an antimicrobial or pesticide.

The full article on the signing ceremony and official photo are attached for publication. To see the published article please refer to the following links:

•      CHIPS Magazine, CoN CIO Information Technology Publication
http://www.doncio.navy.mil/chips/ArticleDetails.aspx?ID=8214
•      Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS)
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2840283/us-navy-transfers-new-decontamination-technology-small-business-distribution-warfighters-and-first-responders


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Smiths Detection’s newly launched TRACE-PRO™, a non-radioactive, hand-held explosive threat detector, now has the additional capability to detect and identify TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide).  This was the explosive substance used in the terrorist attack in Brussels in March 2016.  This much-needed capability will enable users of TRACE-PRO to identify traces of TATP easily and aid covert operations or security operators to screen people, objects and materials in any location. 

Shan Hood, Vice President, Products & Technology, Smiths Detection said “We are very proud to announce the addition of TATP detection capability to TRACE-PRO™.  This has been a priority for our customers.  Due to its chemical makeup, TATP can be difficult to detect and TRACE-PRO™ now provides an easy to use solution to identify this challenging substance.  Since TRACE-PRO’s launch in November 2015 we have seen considerable interest in customers wanting to use this advanced technology for a wide range of applications, including the military, police, airports and hotels.”

TRACE-PRO™ is a revolutionary hand-held detector for fast identification and evidence collection of common explosives and can deliver a result in less than 10 seconds.  Swabs can be taken from people, objects and materials in any location and the in-built camera and GPS facilitate easy evidence collection – allowing the user to record and store data in the immediate location of the suspect substance.

TRACE-PRO™ is suited to a variety of environments and situations with its ruggedised exterior.  It is ergonomically designed, weighs just 1.7 kg and is the only detector that can be powered by AA commercial batteries.  It requires minimal user training due to its intuitive software and provides a low cost of ownership through its re-usable swabs and basic maintenance requirements.


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TRACE-PRO is a trademark of Smiths Detection.

Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries

Company deploys key updates to improve precision and simplicity of world’s first handheld mass spectrometer; inks orders with priority U.S. safety and security organizations

Boston, MA – September 13, 2016 – 908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built analytical devices for chemical analysis, today announced several software and hardware improvements for its flagship high-pressure mass spec TM (HPMS) product, M908TM.  Since its introduction in 2014, M908 has expanded the capabilities of CBRNE and HAZMAT organizations around the world with fast and accurate identification of priority chemical threats, including chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, and precursors. 

Performance enhancements to the device heightened sensitivity and increased the Target List to more than 100 available targets with continued emphasis on current priority chemical threats. Close customer collaboration resulted in enhancements to the user interface and new workflows that guide users throughout operation. This includes the introduction of a Walkthrough mode, which serves as a guided graphical interface and measurement sequence for stepping users through trace to bulk material analysis. New sampling accessories simplify measurements across a range of field scenarios. A new vapor probe improves response time and sensitivity for priority, low-volatility materials, and new disposable Captive Sampling accessories simplify measurements of materials in difficult-to-control environments.

“We are constantly working with our users to bring improvements that simplify training and ease-of-use while updating and expanding the target list to keep customer capabilities current with what is happening in our world,” said Dr. Kevin J. Knopp, President and CEO, 908 Devices. “With continued support from the safety and security community, the usability and performance of the world’s first and only handheld mass spectrometer continues to get stronger.”

Most recently, 908 Devices has added the support of two key first response organizations, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), which have placed orders to deploy its industry-leading device.  To further enhance its arsenal of threat detection resources, the Department of Defense has invested in an additional 50 M908 devices, which will also be deployed worldwide for use in a broad range of operations relating to chemical warfare detection and identification. In addition, the Fire Department of New York City, the largest fire department in the nation, will be deploying the technology to broaden its Hazardous Materials response capabilities. 

“Our customers have made it clear that increased demands in the field call for more robust features,” said John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices. “The new enhancements bundled into our last two product upgrades respond directly to the unique challenges of the CBRNE and broader HAZMAT missions.”

To learn more about M908, visit: http://908devices.com/products/m908/ or email m908@908devices.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @908Devices and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/908-devices. 

About 908 Devices
908 Devices, is democratizing chemical analysis by way of mass spectrometry, offering point-of-need chemical analysis devices ranging from rugged, handheld chemical detection tools to compact, tiny footprint analyzers and fast separation devices. These purpose-built and user-centric devices serve a range of industries including safety and security, oil & gas, life sciences and other applied markets. 908 Devices is headquartered in the heart of Boston where they research, design and manufacture innovative products based on High Pressure Mass SpectrometryTM (HPMS).

Proportional Technologies, Inc. (PTI) has been selected as a 2016 R&D 100 finalist, marking the second year in a row that PTI has been selected as a finalist for this highly competitive award. Their application titled “Effective Neutron Detectors to Combat Nuclear Threats” describes the development of a new high performing neutron radiation detection line called the n-Defender series. Research and development funding for this section of PTI’s R&D was provided by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. This line of products is specifically designed for security monitoring applications with an emphasis on reliability, accuracy, and ease of use.

PTI’s new family of products relies on boron-coated straw (BCS) technology and provides twice the sensitivity of standard detectors, increased flexibility in detector design, and uses a widely-available neutron detection material: Boron-10. Helium-3 is the most common neutron-sensitive isotope used as the active material in neutron detectors. Unlike Boron-10, it is not available on earth as a natural resource; Helium-3 only exists because it was needed during the arms race as a component of nuclear weapons.  The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US and later attacks around the world lead to the deployment of thousands of large neutron detectors worldwide, screening for nuclear weapons or weapon-grade raw materials. As detector deployment increased, the 3He gas supply sharply dropped.

Besides the relative abundance of Boron-10, PTI’s commitment to increasingly automated manufacturing methods have allowed this small business to make a big impact on neutron detection. At the beginning of this year, PTI moved from their old location in the Texas Medical Center to a new facility in central southwest Houston that is big enough to house all of PTI’s machining and manufacturing equipment under one roof. The new facility also opened up significant floor space to devote to new manufacturing equipment, including a new boron coating system that can produce material for BCS at 3-times the speed of the previous system. Other new additions include a fully automated straw welding and cutting station, high-throughput CNC manufacturing machines, and newly developed automated stations for laser welding and detector wiring.

Despite these changes, Dr. Jeff Lacy, founder and president of PTI, remains focused on two things: quality craftsmanship and ongoing efforts to better the technology. Since his founding of the company in 1991, Lacy and his team are especially dedicated to driving the culture of innovation and creativity, both within PTI and in the field of neutron detection.

The 2016 R&D 100 Conference is hosted at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at Oxon Hill, Maryland (Washington, DC) November 2-4, 2016. The winner of the R&D 100 award will be announced at a black tie awards dinner on November 3rd.

Cobalt’s Resolve™, a ground-breaking new handheld system that identifies hazardous materials through sealed opaque containers, has been named as a finalist in the 2016 R&D 100 Awards by R&D Magazine.
Resolve was launched in March 2016 for applications in Hazmat incident management, military search and EOD, first response, law enforcement, and screening at ports & borders.

Resolve uses Cobalt’s proprietary spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) technology to detect and identify chemicals through opaque barriers such as coloured and non-transparent plastics, dark glass, paper, card, sacks and fabric. Measured spectra are accurately matched to comprehensive onboard spectral libraries and the system identifies materials including; explosives and precursors, hazardous and toxic materials, chemical agents, narcotics and new psychoactive substances, plus thousands of benign chemicals.

Removing the need to open or move potentially hazardous containers can significantly improve the safety and efficiency of operations:
  - Hazards are contained, reducing the risk to operators and the public 
  - Objects can be examined quickly and efficiently – less time spent in protective gear 
  - Evidence is more easily preserved 
  - Better informed critical decisions can be made earlier in the operation

The R&D 100 Awards, known as the “Oscars of Invention”, are a celebration of the year’s top innovations in the R&D space. This year’s winners will be announced at a black-tie awards dinner on Nov. 3 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Oxon Hill, Maryland (Washington, D.C.).

To enquire about Resolve contact resolve@cobaltlight.com.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS,) an information sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide.
NICS is a mobile, web-based communication platform that enables responders on scene at a developing incident to request and receive assistance from remote experts, such as a university researcher or topographic expert, in real time. Conversely, experts can observe an evolving situation and volunteer relevant material or resources.
After successful beta-implementation, NICS has transitioned to the open-source community for wide accessibility, freely available for any interested party.
“Through strong partnerships within the State of California, responder organizations across the United States, and the State of Victoria in Australia, NICS software is deployed as an operational tool in many first responder communities,” said Dan Cotter, director of S&T’s First Responders Group. “And now that the platform code has been made available to the open-source community, first responders can leverage this tool from anywhere in the world.”
DHS S&T has led the funding of the development of NICS with contributions from the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT-LL) since 2010.
In 2014, Emergency Management Victoria launched its information sharing environment using the NICS code while it was still in research and development. In April 2016, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) also deployed the NICS software as the Situation Awareness & Collaboration Tool (SCOUT) for California emergency responders.
The NICS vision has been further advanced with Cal OES, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and numerous local fire, law enforcement, and emergency management agencies across California and the United States.
During the September 2013 “Rim” wildland fire in Yosemite National Park, burning 235,000 acres, and numerous organizations deployed NICS to make collaborative decisions and disseminate the constantly developing information.
Because of the success of these partnerships—and the advancements they have enabled—DHS S&T successfully transitioned the NICS software from a research and development effort to an operational capability.
DHS will manage the core NICS open source code and is in the process of transitioning the capability through three venues:
1. NICS source code is now available to first responder and emergency management agencies and may be found on the U.S. government’s open source code repository site, GitHub.
2. The Worldwide Incident Command Services Corporation, Inc., a California-based non-profit, has implemented the NICS code as RAVEN.
3. In Fall 2016, the NICS capability will be hosted within the DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) as part of the Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Homeland Security users.
Moving forward, these domestic and international partnerships will continue collaboration on the NICS open-source code.                                             

In addition to PlumeSIM, the contract includes a number of training simulators, and follows an earlier delivery of simulators to the same customer, the use of which successfully supported an important national CBRN exercise resulting in further investment in Argon simulators.
PlumeSIM is a modular CBRN / HazMat training system facilitating the merge or Live and Virtual training for Table Top exercises while also providing a world leading dedicated Live CBRN training capability. The systems powerful After Action Review reporting system enables high quality learning outcomes to be achieved.
PlumeSIM can also be integrated with third party Live and Virtual training systems to further enhance CBRN training capabilities for Military, First Responder and Energy organisations.
Argon has delivered PlumeSIM to a number of the world’s leading CBRN training facilities including the USA, UK, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Portugal.

Argon Electronics
Argon Electronics was established in 1987 and has since become a world leader in the development and manufacture of hazardous material detector simulators, most notably in the fields of military Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence. Our simulators have applications from civil response to unconventional terrorism and accidental release, and international treaty verification, with a growing presence in the nuclear energy generation and education markets.

For further information please contact:  Argon Electronics,
16 Ribocon Way, Progress Business Park, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 9UR, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1582 491 616 / Email: info@argonelectronics.com
http://www.argonelectronics.com

Columbus, Ohio (Aug. 1, 2016)—Battelle’s CBRNE Defense group was selected to provide vital mission support services to the U.S. Army through two key awards last month.

One contract for the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center, Warfighter Directorate is valued at $42 million over five years.

The work will be conducted with the government’s Mission Equipment Systems Branch and will include support for tasks including: advanced technology development and human systems integration of personal protective equipment, body armor, exoskeletons, energy generation, energy storage, integrated helmet systems, personal electronics and man-portable nano-unmanned aerial systems, infrared night vision sensing capability and chemical and biological protection.

The second award is an estimated $150 million, five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide on-site support to the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), the primary Department of Defense technical organization for non-medical chemical and biological defense. Battelle’s work will support the Research and Development Directorate and includes a broad range of technical support within biosciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences, toxicology and obscurants.

“These important contract wins demonstrate that Battelle can win competitively bid contracts in our area of expertise—CBRNE defense and R&D operations,” said Rick Mettke, Manager for Battelle’s CBRNE Defense Group’s Mission Support Services. “We look forward to supporting our government clients as they tackle these strategically important tasks to protect the warfighter.”

In addition to these mission support services, Battelle’s more than 30 years of leadership in CBRNE defense includes research, development, testing and evaluation of threat detection sensors, personal protective equipment (PPE), chemical/biological agents and explosives; risk assessment software tools to help protect the nation against terrorism threats from weapons of mass destruction; and a wide range of impactful training capabilities – from training emergency responders at the tactical level, who are responding to a possible terrorist attack, to commanders and government leaders at the operational and strategic levels who are managing the overall response.
About Battelle
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.
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Dynamis, Inc. announced today that it acquired Defense Group Inc. (DGI) subsidiary Emergency & Security Management Solutions (ESMS), including the COBRA integrated emergency and security management software suite. The acquisition accelerates Dynamis’ growth domestically and internationally as Dynamis continues to deliver practical technology solutions to the federal government and commercial customers.

“DGI’s Emergency & Security Management Solutions has grown into one of the leading providers for enterprise emergency and security management software solutions, making them an ideal addition to our business,” said Dynamis CEO, John Milam. “This acquisition enables us to better serve our emergency and security management customers, including the Homeland Security and Defense departments, and we are excited about the new growth opportunities this will create for our company.”

“Acquiring ESMS’s skill sets and adding their highly qualified personnel to our roster represents an important strategic step forward for Dynamis,” said John Braun, Dynamis president and chairman. “With seven ongoing IT contracts and IT tasking in 14 current projects, our ability now to build out a comprehensive, fully matrixed IT division adds value to the solutions our customers need.”

“Joining the Dynamis family presents a myriad of new opportunities for the company and for our customers,” said Brad Gardner, former ESMS vice president who now leads Dynamis’ IT division. “Dynamis is now in position to reach a broader set of customers in new markets and enhance its technology offerings in its existing relationships.”

Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) bids farewell to its commander of two years in a formal military ceremony July 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Seay Plaza.  JTF-CS is the nation’s only standing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response task force.

U.S. Army MG Richard J. Gallant assumes command of Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), replacing U.S. Army MG William F. Roy during a change of command ceremony.  U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, will preside over the ceremony. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based USNORTHCOM is the higher headquarters for JTF-CS.

“We have made great strides in the past two years to improve our ability to respond to a catastrophic event in our nation,” said Roy.  “If the unthinkable crisis happens, we are prepared to deploy to the area as quickly as possible and synchronize our response efforts with local leaders.  This team is outstanding in its ability to apply the greatest amount of response effort in the shortest amount of time, and we continue our extensive training to rapidly complete all required tasks in our nation’s time of need.  This team is ready.”

Roy said, “We are ready to respond with compassion when events overwhelm the capabilities of civilian authorities, while achieving unity of effort as part of the National Response Framework.  This can be the hardest of missions because your fellow citizens are the victims, and you will do everything you can to help them.”

Gallant comes to JTF-CS from an assignment as Special Assistant to the Director, Army National Guard Liaison for Force Structure and Strategic Policy.  He represents the Army National Guard Directorate as a liaison with Headquarters, Department of the Army with principal responsibilities for Force Structure, Training, and Strategic Plans and Policy. Gallant provides policy recommendations to the Army National Guard Director on high priority programs such as force development, force generation, homeland defense, cyber, strategic communications, Army 2025 and training management of over 350,000 Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers serving in 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia.

JTF-CS is located in Mullan Hall, Joint Base Langley Eustis, and is comprised of active duty, Reserve, National Guard and Civilian members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, as well as contractor personnel. If called upon, JTF-CS provides command and control of over 5,200 federal military forces located at more than 36 locations throughout the U.S.  Designed to provide a life-saving capability within 36 hours of notification, these federal military forces offer various life-saving military assets such as search and rescue and emergency medical capabilities

The first generation of tactical robots utilized limited range point-to-point radios constrained by frequency, transmit power and nominal mesh capabilities. Both robot systems and radio technology evolved greater capabilities and more secure and expandable communications between single systems or networks of down range systems. With the integration of advanced radio solutions such as Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay MANET technology, operators of Endeavor robots will improve their capabilities by:
• Increasing operational range in urban areas and other radio-challenged environments by utilizing the MANET to establish and relay communications between multiple robots
• Providing operators and supporting personnel views of real-time video and telemetry feeds from all robots within the MANET
• Allowing operators to easily switch frequencies, power, and other radio settings in the field
• Enabling a more secure network and protecting information through advanced cyber-security protocols
• Uniting Endeavor robots with ground personnel via the Wave Relay MANET to form a massively scalable communications network
“The strategic partnership with available cutting-edge and proven technology providers such as Persistent Systems enables us to provide the warfighter needed technologies to operate more safely and with greater success. We are excited to work closely with Persistent Systems to provide the robotic solutions the warfighter demands and the advanced communications networks that provide the greatest reliability,” said Tom Frost, President of Endeavor Robotics. 
Dr. Herbert Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems, offered a similar perspective. “Our partnership with Endeavor Robotics represents a huge step towards the future where the battlefield is fully networked. Networked connectivity between the warfighter and all of the unmanned systems and sensors will significantly increase situational awareness. Our unique and powerful MANET network will extend the operation and use of Endeavor’s battle-proven family of robots to empower warfighters with information, allowing them to make better decisions and increase mission success.”

Arktis Radiation Detectors has announced that it has opened a subsidiary in the United States. Named Arktis Detection Systems Inc and located in Arlington Virginia, the US subsidiary will give the company a base in America from which to support and grow its current operations.
Arktis are already working on a number of important projects in the United States, including one with the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA). As part of DARPA’s SIGMA Program, engineers at the company have developed a cutting edge detection system which, when networked, will monitor for nuclear and illicit radioactive materials over wide areas, allowing a detection capability far beyond that of protection technologies typically used today. Arktis has also supplied detection equipment to Idaho National Laboratory (INL), who is exploring novel applications of Arktis’ technology. The University of Florida, in a program funded by the Department of Energy, is using Arktis technology as part of a system to verify and monitor stored, spent nuclear fuel. In the past, Arktis has also supplied detectors to companies such as Rapiscan and NSTec and performed work for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
Arktis designs and manufactures radiation detection systems based on a proprietary platform technology, enabling new capabilities and radical cost reductions. The company works with governments and agencies around the world providing systems that monitor and identify the movement of dangerous and illicit materials through areas such as ports, airports and border crossings.

LU45, by NuwaveSensors, is a rapid detection system that remotely monitors for airborne pathogens (bacteria, yeasts and molds), revolutionising the present approach to pathogen detection and control. The system automatically detects infectious airborne contaminants before visual growth occurs. This provides valuable time to engage in corrective action before an outbreak takes place eg listeria in your food production plant or E.coli in your healthcare facility.

LU45 works by drawing a small sample of air into the sensor which has been engineered to determine the presence of a specific microbial contamination. The sensor connects to Nuwave Sensors cloud based monitoring system to send text and email alerts when contamination is detected. It is an accurate method of detecting pathogens in a monitored area.

With LU45, clients can detect pathogens on-site without the requirement for external laboratory analysis, significantly shortening detection times from days to hours. By automating the sampling processes, and utilizing an innovative monitoring and detection process, LU45 reduces the high expense and risk used in current traditional sampling methods.

Emergent BioSolutions announced that it has received a task order from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) valued at up to $21.9 million to develop and manufacture three cGMP lots of a Zika vaccine for use in a Phase 1 clinical trial.Using a base vaccine candidate provided by BARDA, the company will conduct technology transfer of process materials and information, process and analytical method development, execute small-scale production runs, and perform cGMP cell banking leading to cGMP manufacture of bulk drug substance and final drug product. The task order consists of a 30-month base valued at $17.9 million and includes options that, if executed, will bring the total value to up to $21.9 million.

“Emergent is pleased to partner with BARDA to address the emerging public health threat in Zika,” said Adam Havey, executive vice president and president, biodefense division of Emergent BioSolutions. “We look forward to executing on this task order and working collaboratively with the government in its efforts to help contain this epidemic.” 

This is the first Zika-related BARDA Task Order awarded to Emergent under the CIADM program. In 2012, Emergent was designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a CIADM, which allows the company to contract with the U.S. government through task order requests for requirements such as operational readiness, development and manufacturing of CBRN products, warm base maintenance, surge manufacturing, and workforce development.

CBRNe Convergence, 31 Oct – Nov 2, www.cbrneworld.com/convergence2016 is looking for research that has practical applications for first responders. CBRNe Convergence has had a paper and poster session for the past five years and it has provided insight from agencies such as: the Israeli Defence Force, DHS, Kings College London, TNO, ECBC, EPA, North Carolina State U, Brookhaven Labs, the Czech Institute of Microbiology and others. Their papers and posters have been read over the years be policy makers and responders from over 40 countries.
If you have research that you think would be of interest to this community we want to hear from you! Speakers will receive free entry and accommodation for the duration of the conference and workshops. Poster submissions will receive a 20% discount off government delegate rates. The abstract should be 250-500 words long and include the following: Background (purpose/objective/rationale of the research, relationship to other areas if any); Methods; Preliminary results; Preliminary conclusion; Potential impact to mission/warfighter (if known). Submissions will be assessed by a panel, speaking slots will be 20 minutes and if accepted include a poster. A speaking slot also means the paper has been accepted for publication within CBRNe World. Poster presenters should mark their abstract as ‘Poster Only.’ To register, or send an abstract, email - matt@fuseevents.org or gwyn.winfield@cbrneworld.com

To see the latest conference brochure, or to see all the exhibitors, go to here or here

CBRNe Convergence will bring the best speakers and the largest gathering of CBRN professionals to North America in 2016, we look forward to seeing you there!

THeMIS:ADDER features the wireless remote weapon station (RWS), ADDER, made by ST Kinetics, mounted on the first fully modular unmanned ground vehicle, THeMIS, developed by Milrem.

ST Kinetics’ family of ADDER RWS, when mounted on the THeMIS, offers a smart combat solution that will heighten the soldier’s fighting capability and provide a clear advantage for fighting forces. The RWS, which can be wirelessly operated, expands the role of UGVs for tactical deployment and operations. “Armed UGVs can dramatically increase the firepower of military units and can even be a substitute for soldiers in certain tactical situations,” said Milrem CEO Kuldar Väärsi. “We are excited to partner with ST Kinetics, a global technology innovation leader, to jointly create new concepts and products that will help fighting forces achieve their mission.”
The THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) is the first fully modular hybrid unmanned ground vehicle in the world, with a payload of 750-1000 kg. The vehicle can be used for a wide variety of applications. In addition to armed tactical defence, it can also be used as a remote reconnaissance platform, C-IED (Counter Improvised Explosive Device) platform, medevac vehicle and supply delivery device.

Milrem has successfully conducted initial running tests for the THeMIS prototype, the last of which was conducted together with the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) at the live military exercise Spring Storm 2016. The first live firing test will be conducted with the EDF and ST Kinetics from August through September 2016.
THeMIS is expected to be ready for production by the end of 2106.

Click here to see THeMIS in action

Smiths Detection’s IONSCAN 600 trace detector has been enhanced to detect and identify narcotics, in addition to its existing capabilities for explosives. Extending the library of threats to include narcotics will provide customers in the aviation, ports and borders or critical infrastructure markets with a more comprehensive solution to their detection needs.

The portable desktop IONSCAN 600 will be able to detect a range of narcotics such as amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, ketamine, MDA, MDMA and others. This capability will be important to front-line organizations including customs authorities, prisons and other secure facilities, which have a growing requirement to detect and identify illegal narcotics and other controlled substances.

The new version, available from June 2016, will offer the option to identify both narcotics and explosives, either separately, or both simultaneously.
From October 2016, the IONSCAN 600 will also offer an optional built-in compact thermal printer to enable analysis results and logs to be documented on the spot.
Head of Sensor Products, Ken Fredeen, said: “IONSCAN 600 has established itself as a market leading product over the past two years, with certification by ECAC, the major European aviation authority and adoption by airports throughout the EU and Middle East. The additional narcotics library will provide customers with extended detection capabilities to better meet their ever-evolving, mission-critical detection needs.”

The IONSCAN 600 improves screening capabilities by delivering ease-of-use, flexibility and cost advantages for trace detection applications. It is augmented by ReachBack, 24/7/365 service and support to ensure optimum product performance, and delivers reliable performance consistent with Smiths Detection’s range of high quality solutions. The narcotics version will be on display and available for demonstration to the general public for the first time in the United States at the American Correctional Association Congress of Correction, August 7-9, 2016 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA.

1 JUNE 2016 - Owings Mills, MD - Air Techniques International (ATI) announced the release of its latest innovative product, the EBS™ Real-Time Biodetection Sensor. The announcement was made concurrently in Washington, DC at the NCT: CBRNe USA Conference and in Tokyo, Japan at the CBRNE Convergence Asia Conference. ATI President Ron Adkins presented in Tokyo, while the Director of Sales, Jon Beville, presented in Washington, DC. The presentations focused on the changing nature of the threat posed by a biological attack, the lack of preparedness among so-called “soft targets” such as airports and mass transit systems globally, and the evolution of biosurveillance system architecture and incident response.

In December 2015, ATI acquired the underlying technology in the EBS from S3I, a defense technology development company led by David Silcott. The companies have been working collaboratively to develop the EBS system into a deployable platform. Silcott is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in biosurveillance, and as the developer of the IBAC™, a previous generation of biological aerosol sensor that has been successfully deployed in a range of biosurveillance applications.

“The EBS provides biodetection capabilities that have previously been unachievable, including real-time classification of airborne particle types, single-spore sensitivity, and a substantial reduction in false triggers,” said Ron Adkins, ATI President. “We have also accomplished our goal of achieving significant cost reductions relative to similar products, which we plan to pass on to our customers with the goal of supporting widespread deployment of this critical capability in global preparedness against bio threats. Our employees are excited to expand on our key role in protecting people, products, and critical infrastructure.”

“ATI is the right company to successfully bring this innovation to global markets, having decades of experience developing and manufacturing optical instruments and supporting ChemBio programs,” said David Silcott, S3I President. “S3I is passionate about the importance of real-time biosurveillance and we look forward to supporting ATI’s efforts and seeing the EBS deliver significant value in critical applications where it is urgently needed.”

Air Techniques will continue to display and highlight the EBS system through presentations and demonstrations at events in the second half of 2016, including ASIS National Convention in Orlando September 12-15 and CBRNe Convergence San Diego October 31-November 1.

For more information on the EBS Real-Time Biodetection Sensor, please contact ATI at bio@atitest.com or at www.atitest.com/products/ebs

- See more at: http://www.atitest.com/news/air-techniques-unveils-next-generation-in-real-time-biological-threat-detection/#sthash.ELQg4UzX.dpuf

CBRNe Convergence Asia had been 18 months in the planning and involved numerous trips to supporting partner organisations like the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD), Tokyo Fire Service, the NBCR Institute and the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF), so it was with great delight that the event superseded all expectations. 270 delegates, mainly from Japan, came to hear presentations from other leading forces in the region and those that have experience of dealing with high visibility events. Speakers such as Dennis Costin (Boston Fire), Mark Seibel (LA County Sheriff) and Alick McWhirter (Hong Kong EOD) talked through cases and events that they had to deal with, and were mobbed by delegates keen to find out more.

TMPD and JGSDF put on a fantastic demonstration, showcasing their EOD, Forensic and Decon skills and the crowd were delighted to see a dynamic and unique exercise. 

More information and photos will be in the June issue of the magazine!

Battelle’s innovative biological threat aerosol identification technology has proven that it can successfully perform all required functions, including effective identification of threat agent bioaerosols.

The Resource Effective Bio-Identification System (REBS) was one of several candidate technologies to recently undergo the US Government’s performance trials with “live agents”—and made the down-select for the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition (JUPITR) program. As a result, several REBS units are planned for deployment to the Republic of Korea for an extended biological surveillance mission as part of the JUPITR program. JUPITR is led by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense and will provide unique biological protection capabilities to address the demand for stronger biosurveillance capabilities on the Korean Peninsula.

REBS is a one-of-a kind, cost-effective bioaerosol identification system that provides rapid and flexible aerosol collection and identification capability. The Raman spectroscopy-based system continuously monitors the air, looking for hazardous aerosols that may jeopardize the safety of military personnel and civilians. The system preserves samples for subsequent secondary confirmation, is network-ready, and can operate independently without human interaction for weeks on end. Unlike all other bioaerosol identification systems, REBS is very cost-effective to operate – well under $1 per day. 

“We’re proud that our system performed so well and has been selected to be part of the JUPITR program that will help protect the war-fighter and civilians on the Korean Peninsula,” said Matt Shaw, general manager for Battelle’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Defense business. “We’ve made significant improvements to reduce the time it takes to identify hazardous bioaerosols and to dramatically bring down the full life cycle costs.”

In addition to REBS technology, Battelle’s more than 25 years of experience in CBRNE defense includes research, development, testing and evaluation of threat detection sensors, personal protective equipment (PPE) and explosives, risk assessment software tools to help protect the nation against terrorism threats from weapons of mass destruction, and a wide range of impactful training capabilities – from training emergency responders at the tactical level, who are responding to a possible terrorist attack, to commanders and government leaders at the operational and strategic levels, who are managing the overall response.

I love it when a plan comes together! 18 months of planning finally comes to a head with the set up day for CBRNe Convergence Asia. The exhibition booths are now set up, last minute delegates are registering and final wrinkles are being ironed out. Tomorrow will see us welcome the Superintendent General of Tokyo Metropolitan Police (TMPD) to the stage for the opening remarks, the day will culminate in an exercise delivered by two of the leading CBRN agencies in Japan, the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force and TMPD. Currently over 275 people are registered for the event, with last minute bookings expected to tip us over the 300 mark.

You could be one of those last minute delegates by clicking here

The MediPod Patient Isolation pod is a one-man patient isolation system. The solution has been developed in co operation with primary and health care professionals. It provides the isolation needs of the primary care personnel in infectious patient transfer situations. The patient affected by pathogens, chemical compounds or flue gas can be isolated in the MediPod. The state of the patient can be maintained during the transportation to the hospital without exposing the medical personnel to any hazard. It also provides physical protection, for example in the case of patients with heavy secretions, decreasing the need of the sanitation. The starting point to the design of solution is the user friendliness and the patient safety needed the primary care. MediPod Patient Isolation Pod provides safe transportation for both patient and the primary care personnel. The unit is equipped with chemical resistant gloves that further enable safe medical care during transportation.

FLIR has launched two free products for people interested in radiological detection/identification/monitoring.

The first is their new Radiation Guidebook, which provides helpful tips for evaluating and investing in the right tool for a deployment program. 10 Things to Consider Before Buying a Handheld or Belt-Worn Radiation Detector

The other is a Webinar on the first of June, which is ‘Introducing the FLIR identiFINDER R200 Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector with ID capability.’
This free webinar will show how a new class of radiation detection super-pager allows you to identify isotopes on the spot. Kevin Buxton, the Director of Business Development for the identiFINDER series will discuss the technology leap that gives identification capabilities to radiation pagers. Register Here

Flir will also be presenting at CBRNe Convergence Asia in Tokyo next week, learn more about Aimee Rose here

Estonian-based developer of defence equipment Milrem announces that its UGV passed rigorous tests by the Defence Forces Logistics Battalion during Spring Storm (Kevadtorm), a simulated battlefield event. Soldiers tested the Milrem vehicle for three days, using it mainly for transporting equipment and materials; something that is typically done manually or with bigger vehicles.

“Previously developed unmanned vehicles only performed specific tasks,” stated Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem. “However, this ground vehicle, THeMIS, can be customized to carry out different operations, leveraging its unique modular design and robust components,” he added.

The operational reliability of THeMIS was put to the test where the Battalion is stationed with tasks typically performed by hand or using bigger vehicles. Supplies such as equipment, water, firewood, fuel or ammunition, previously needing to be transported manually, may now be distributed using this highly rigorous, remote-controlled, unmanned system that can travel through tough terrain, be highly adaptable, and thus, ease the burden of soldiers in the field.

“Ultimately, our goal is to leverage the technologies we have access to today to make a soldier’s life easier by carrying ammunition, firewood, fuel, water and other supplies,” notes Corporal Stern Ilves, a conscript on the Logistics Battalion, describing how the THeMIS can increase the manoeuvre capability.

With the sector for unmanned ground vehicles slated to grow exponentially, Milrem cites the US Army initiative Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport (SMET) which partners the Army with industry to develop requirements and capabilities for enabling robots to haul a squad of soldier gear for a 72-hour patrol. THeMIS will be used in environments where sending in a person would be dangerous—in war or crisis hotspots for example—or in working environments that are difficult for a human to reach. Compared to other unmanned solutions, the benefit of THeMIS is modularity. All devices have been installed inside the tracks, leaving the middle platform free for different superstructures.

Milrem has presented the vehicle at different exhibitions in London, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. The results of the development of Estonia’s defence industry also impressed experts from the international defence sector and received considerable coverage in media. In June, Milrem will present two different product solutions at the Eurosatory exhibition, in Paris. Weaponized THeMIS will participate in the dynamic show area and at the Estonian national stand will be presented a vehicle equipped with an explosives detection system. The commercial product family utilizing this unmanned vehicle technology will also be introduced in Los Angeles. Development of Milrem’s THeMIS takes place in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Forces of Estonia. Milrem also cooperates with several Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian universities and companies.

SEC Technologies will introduce an improved version of the Falcon 4G-S+ active stand-off detector at CBW in Stockholm. It features an upgraded high-precision CO2 laser with a wavelength ranging between 9,6 µm and 11,3 µm with 125 individual spectral lines. The laser’s 50-mJ pulses allow the detection of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals at distances of up to 6 km under real conditions. Thanks to the high-precision laser, the stand-off detector is insensitive to CO2 and water vapor in the atmosphere, thus having a head start compared to passive detectors. At the same time, this device allows the detection of biological warfare agents at distances of up to 2 km. The Falcon 4G-S+ has already been successfully tested in a number of environments, including desert as well as in high-humidity environments. The Falcon 4G-S+ developed by SEC Technologies is pushing the limits of stand-off detection.

Battelle was chosen to protect warfighters and the general public against dangerous infectious disease and chemical threats under a new contract award from the DoD. It’s part of an OASIS contract mechanism that is worth up to $59 million, including all options, over the next five years. Work covered by this latest contract includes development of vaccines for potentially weaponized viruses such as plague, botulinum, equine encephalitis, and filovirus, and medical countermeasures against multiple nerve agents and poisonous toxins used in chemical warfare.

“We’re proud of the work we do at Battelle to protect people from threats like the Ebola and Zika viruses or ricin,” said Julie Swick, general manager for Battelle’s Life Sciences Research group. “Our dedicated employees come into work every day knowing they are contributing solutions to important, worldwide problems.” Battelle has conducted research designed to protect the military from these threats for decades. Frequently, the vaccines and therapeutics developed and tested on these programs then make their way into the civilian protection programme.

Federal Resources, a leading government contracting company, announced that it has acquired KD Analytical Consulting, Inc. The acquisition significantly expands upon Federal Resources’ current success in providing high-quality, cost-effective total life-cycle solutions for its customers in first response and special mission operations of Department of Defense, state and local agencies, first responders, navy fleet and commercial marine organizations. In addition, KD Analytical’s expertise in critical infrastructure protection and environmental analysis greatly advances Federal Resources’ capability to serve these complementary markets.

KD Analytical Consulting, Inc. is a leader in the support of CBRNE detection equipment and provides worldwide mission sustainment, technical support, service and training to government and military first responders, critical infrastructure protection and environmental analytical clients. The company provides technical support and repair services to some of the largest CBRNE response organizations in the United States.

“KDA’s market-leading technical services, high caliber management team, and its commitment to quality are a perfect fit with Federal Resources’ mission and values,” said Robert McWilliams, Chief Executive Officer, FRSC. “Bringing these unique capabilities into our company significantly improves our ability to service what we sell, providing end-to-end sustainment solutions for our customers who protect the nation.”

“By teaming with one of the nation’s most successful, growth-oriented government contracting companies, KDA can leverage FRSC’s resources and market penetration to enhance its leadership position and deliver our complementary services to a much wider audience,” said Patrick Dempsey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, KDA. “We are pleased to combine our strengths and offer improved solutions to the military, first responder, critical infrastructure protection, and homeland security communities we serve.”

In our opinion this will move Federal Resources into a higher league, giving it new capabilities without a clash with its current offering.

Research between S&T and UND will examine the homeland security implications of commercial operations of unmanned aerial technology including potentially beneficial uses as well as the security challenges that they pose.  Experimental research allows for the development of new training methods and best practices in addressing the unmanned aerial technology threat and will allow for the investigation and analysis of the current policies, procedures, and regulations established by state and local jurisdictions.

“This mission critical research will facilitate a better understanding of both capabilities and vulnerabilities of unmanned aerial technology as well as spur the development of countermeasures to potential threats based upon their use,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “It is this kind of collaborative research that ultimately informs our law enforcement and policymakers.”

Let’s look at the larger story first: Smiths Group plc announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Morpho Detection, a California-based detection and security solutions company, from Safran for an enterprise value of $710 million. The closing of the Acquisition is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approvals. Upon closing, Morpho Detection will be merged with Smiths Group’s Detection division. Smiths Detection is a world leader in products and services that detect a wide range of threats, including explosive, chemical and radioactive materials, and contraband. Morpho Detection manufactures and supplies detection systems and services to improve mission-critical security at airports, borders and other high-risk critical infrastructure sites such as nuclear power plants, military installations and government buildings. Andy Reynolds Smith, Chief Executive of Smiths Group, said: “Morpho Detection is a high quality business with a strong management team, and I am convinced that this combination provides a compelling competitive platform for product, service and technology leadership. The acquisition is consistent with our approach to increasingly focus investment in highly attractive technology-led areas, and will create significant value for shareholders and position us for long-term growth.”

Much more information on the acquisition can be found here and here

It will be an interesting purchase. Those with long memories will remember that Safran/Morpho bought the homeland security arm of General Electric way back in 2009 (here). GE was one of the first out of the blocks getting their CTX 5000, a CT-based explosive detection system, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in 1994. Since then the market has got tougher, with greater industrial consolidation and new products from companies such as Smiths Heinemann and Rapiscan creating greater technological competition. In addition to the baggage screening products Morpho also worked up hand-portable explosives and narcotics detectors, such as the Itemiser, Mobiletrace and Streetlab. Fair to say that none of these has ever achieved the market coverage of the CTX 5000, which had 2,000 units used worldwide.

The biggest element of this acquisition will be the market share that it gives to the old Heinemann part of Smiths, which will now juggle the various X ray and CT scanners into its portfolio. While the handheld devices might not be competitors to Smiths existing portfolio per se, it will be hard to see their Ion Trap Mobility Spectometry product line achieving the same formidable market penetration that Smiths has had with their CAM and LCD products. These are likely to be a harder fit, and it will be interesting to see where products such as StreetLab are in the next year or two. Smiths also had to shut a variety of plants last year, and it will be interesting to see where the Morpho product line will be constructed in the next year or two.

As an example of this market saturation of Smiths’ LCD was the announcement that their 3.3 was going to have an additional $17.2 million follow-on order added to it. Details were light in terms of numbers of units and who they were going to, and this is neither the first or (likely) last time that option will be exercised.

Dedrone’s DroneTracker is equipped with various sensors and intelligent pattern recognition software. Once a drone has been identified, the jammer is activated via an interface and transmits electromagnetic waves which interfere with the radio signal between remote control unit and drone. If a drone is flying on automatic pilot, the GPS signals required for navigation can also be jammed. In both cases, the effect is the same: the drones are disoriented and the manufacturer’s pre-programmed safety procedure generally cuts in, meaning that the drone flies back to where it started from, lands immediately, or remains hovering in mid-air. 
“In general, remote-controlled drones only operate in a certain frequency range”, explains Alexander F. Wuest, CEO of HP. “Our jammer is configured to specifically target the drone’s frequency range and stop it without causing any damage.”
Not every organization is permitted to use jammers, because there is a risk of them interfering with other radio and Wi-Fi connections in the vicinity. “Use of the jammer is therefore reserved primarily for the protection of government installations, major event venues and prisons against drone attacks,” explains Lamprecht.
Depending on requirements, other third-party products such as warning lights, smoke grenades, automatic roller blinds or sirens can also be integrated into the DroneTracker platform via enhanced API access.

A nice little video can be found here

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization, DALO, have awarded a significant four years framework contract to Environics Oy for the acquisition of chemical detectors. Environics won the contract through international tender phase and the value of the contract is approximately 3 million euros. 
The framework contract includes Environics ChemPro100i, their handheld Chemical detectors for both personal and remote use. DALO is procuring chemical detectors to secure and enhance the Danish forces capability to detect Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC) while deployed on missions. The chemical detectors can also be used for operational training. 
“After this contract the Danish forces will start to use ChemPro100i as their primary detector against chemical threats. Similar decision what several other organizations have done in past years.” says Mr. Krister Liljegren, Area Manager of Environics Oy. 
Environics Danish distributor Brdr. Jørgensen Instruments A/S will support DALO locally. “We have a perfect team working on this project now. Currently we are preparing for our first deliveries and are really looking forward to the co-operation in the coming years.” Mr. Liljegren concludes.

In much the same way that Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour discovered plants and animals unknown to the northern hemisphere, new robotics concern, Endeavor Robotics is going to seek out new opportunities and technology!

It was announced today that iRobot’s Defense and Security Business unit will be re-named Endeavor Robotics and launched as a privately-held, U.S.-based independent ground robotics company. Endeavor was formed with financial backing from Arlington Capital Partners, to capitalize on emerging market opportunities in the defense ground robotics space. The new company will continue to serve its defense, public safety, and industrial customers while aggressively pursuing growth opportunities.

The company is led by CEO Sean Bielat, a former iRobot Defense & Security executive and U.S. Marine officer, along with Tom Frost, president of Endeavor Robotics and former senior vice president of iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit. The team believe that an agile structure, accompanied by an experienced team will enable them to provide the highest level of support to customers now and in the future.

“Our team is developing innovative new technology that will propel our growth, as well as actively reviewing acquisition opportunities that will continue to position Endeavor Robotics as an industry leader. The U.S. Department of Defense is planning at least three major ground robot program acquisitions in the next few years. Based on our combat-proven platforms and leading technology, Endeavor Robotics is well-positioned for all three. We anticipate substantial growth over the next several years, both domestically and with our international customers.”

“As an independent company dedicated to tactical robotics, Endeavor Robotics will have the flexibility to meet the needs and protect the lives of our customers on the frontline and in other dangerous environments. We will develop the next generation of life-saving robot technologies,” said Tom Frost, President of Endeavor Robotics. “We’ve always done our best work when we worked closely with our customers. Our new structure enables us to double down on that strategy. We believe that the future is in open architecture and collaborative solutions, and we look forward to working closely with our customers to make that a reality.”

Symetrica has announced that its patented radiation detection and identification technology will be deployed in the latest Handheld Radioisotope Identification Devices (RIIDs) that Smiths Detection has agreed to supply to the Department of Homeland Security. Symetrica’s Discovery Technology is at the heart of the Smiths Detection RadSeeker handheld radiation detectors for which the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) recently awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract with a maximum value of $143 million for the technology, its maintenance and associated training.

Smiths Detection’s RadSeeker is a handheld, rugged and highly accurate radioisotope detector and identifier, specifically designed to meet the U.S. DHS mission requirements for a next-generation system capable of detecting and identifying varied nuclear threats. It is easy to use while supplying the operator with quick, simple, specific information for threat assessment. Applications include customs inspection, border protection, emergency response, and radiological facilities/personnel monitoring.

Symetrica’s Discovery Technology in the RadSeeker provides improved identification of threat materials in shielded, masked or concealed situations in operational environments. This is achieved through the coupling of advanced spectrum processing and identification algorithms with state of the art detectors with automatic stabilisation and calibration. This provides two critical benefits to operators; ultra-reliable gamma and neutron threat identification, and permanent readiness at the point of need through resilience to environmental extremes and temperature changes and zero scheduled maintenance

Tracerco have updated firmware and software for all three of their PED products (PED-IS, PED Blue and PED+) and it is now available for download. The new features have apparently increased the ease of use for the PEDs and the DoseVision software.

Firmware Updates
• Discrete mode - set PEDs to silent with no flashing LEDs
• New Languages - English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Korean Japanese and Arabic
• Improved clock accuracy – to ensure best data logging performance
• Two main screen (to show Dose only or Dose rate only)
• Data delete and reset function

DoseVision Software Updates
• Calibration reminder can now be switched on and off on a PED
• Notification of updates – DoseVision will notify you when Software and Firmware versions are available to download
• Time zone features – graph data to display in relation to computers time
• Enable and disable ‘Screen Select’ features on the PEDs
• Adjustable logging periods
• Select Units when generating reports

Tracerco always recommends updating to their latest versions of Dosevision and PED firmware to ensure the best performance from your dosimeters.

Doug Bryce, the Joint Program Executive Officer for JPEO CBD announced ‘efficiency’ savings to ensure improvements in core competencies and to improve the structure of the organisation.

From the 7th of April the JPEO will:

- Decrease the number of Joint Project Managers (JPM) from seven to five. JPMs for Elimination and Radiological and Nuclear Defense will move in total under the Joint Project Manager for Guardian.

- Additional program realignments to JPM-Guardian will include: the Defense Biological Product Assurance Office (formerly the Critical Reagents program) and the Biosurveillance (including Global Biological Threat Initiative).

- JPM-Protection will assume responsibility for Special Purpose Units/Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams Personnel Protective Equipment.

- JPM-Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance will assume funding responsibility for the Joint Handheld Biological Indicator.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of JPM Guardian as it moves further from its original purpose. In my opinion a name change would seem to be on the cards to try and bring the taxonomy more in line with what they are doing… Nobody has managed to see a ‘Trail Boss’ for quite some time though.

The Belgian Interior Ministry has chosen to collaborate with CEMAC (BE) and Defense Group Inc. (DGI, USA) to develop a national information system for cooperation in disasters.

The “Incident & Crisis Management System,” abbreviated ICMS, is based on the COBRA software platform, which will be adapted to the specific needs of the Belgian users. This first phase of the rollout is to include all cities and municipalities, provinces and relevant federal authorities. Through 2016, ICMS will arise as a national security network that will allow users to draw up contingency plans and work together during an emergency through various media and platforms, including the sharing of maps, combined logs, tracking the deployment of the emergency services and resources and more. In later phases, this network will be expanded to also connect utilities, ports, high-risk companies, hospitals and other organizations.

“The choice to establish a strategic partnership with DGI has proven right, since COBRA was selected after a six month evaluation process involving 12 national and international competing systems. The creation of an “entire country” system including authorities and private sector is a very ambitious endeavour and it is with pride that we start this project.” said Luc Rombout, CEMAC CEO and ICMS project leader.

“DGI has a wide breadth of experience and past performance in the emergency management and incident response domain and we look forward to working with our partner CEMAC and the Belgium government to deliver this important state-of-the-art ICMS” said Chris Boehm, DGI group vice president, emergency and security management solutions.

Basic information about the ICMS can be found at www.icmsystem.be.

Cobalt Light Systems announces the launch of Resolve™, a new handheld system that identifies hazardous materials through sealed containers for applications in Hazmat incident management, military EOD, first response, search & law enforcement, and screening at ports & borders.

Resolve uses Cobalt’s proprietary spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) technology to detect and identify chemicals through opaque non-metallic barriers such as coloured and non-transparent plastics, paper, card, sacks, fabric and glass. Measured spectra are accurately matched to comprehensive on-board spectral libraries. The system is capable of identifying materials including; explosives and precursors, hazardous and toxic materials, chemical agents, narcotics and new psychoactive substances, plus thousands of benign chemicals. Resolve’s matching algorithm identifies individual chemicals as well as mixtures.

Resolve requires ~1 minute for positive ID (or less in some modes of operation), with no sample preparation or consumables needed. The system is ruggedized for use in tough environments and has been designed for ease-of-use when wearing protective gear.

Removing the need to open or move potentially hazardous containers can significantly improve the safety and efficiency of operations:

        • Hazards are contained, reducing the risk to operators and the public
        • Objects can be examined quickly and efficiently – less time spent in protective gear
        • Evidence is preserved
        • Better informed critical decisions can be made earlier in the operation

Cobalt Light Systems’ CEO, Dr Paul Loeffen, said, “Resolve enables Cobalt’s unique SORS technology to be deployed into new fields such as Hazmat response, EOD and law enforcement, delivering a truly game-changing new capability. The system has been developed with significant input from professionals in this field, and we are confident it will help improve the safety and efficiency of operators.”

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